67 MILLION UNREGISTERED VOTERS UP FOR GRABS
Republicans and Democrats are competing for the fickle affections of voters in the critical midterm elections. Both are fierce.
“The party is identifying our likely voters, our persuadable voters, and then building an organization as to how we’re going to turn them out. So this gives us an advantage over the Democrats,” says Republican National Committee Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel, who notes that the GOP has raised an unprecedented $171 million, made “hundreds of millions” of voter survey calls and has a precisely calibrated ground game nationwide.
Aggressive progressives also are fired up, predicting that a “progressive tsunami” will guarantee them victory in November.
“In the last election, there were over 224 million American citizens over the age of 18 in the United States, and yet only around 157 million were registered to vote. Even fewer actually voted,” points out the nonprofit Sanders Institute, a progressive policy group founded by Jane Sanders — wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The group did the math and says there are now 67 million people who are not registered to vote.
“Because of unfair, outdated or just plain stupid voting rules and practices, millions of citizens each year go uncounted, unheard and unrepresented,” former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner says in an emotional video for the aforementioned Institute — part of a series recorded on the National Mall with the Washington Monument in the background.
The progressive strategy appears to be this: seek out those who feel disenfranchised by the system in the same way the Trump campaign pursued millions of Americans who felt left out or overlooked in 2016.
“Democracy is not defined by allowing only those who can figure out how to navigate a complicated system to vote. Democracy is defined by allowing the whole eligible population to have a say in the government,” the institute said.