Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Low Turnout ; Put Trump in White House

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Low Turnout ; Put Trump in White House

Article excerpt

The Census Bureau says America has 325 million population, of whom 245 million are voting-age adults. But only around two-thirds of those adults somewhere near 160 million are registered to vote. Although votes still aren't entirely counted for the 2016 presidential race, it's clear that Democrat Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, with more than 63 million total, while Donald Trump got somewhere above 61 million.

In other words, far fewer than half of America's registered voters - and only one-fourth of eligible adults - chose Trump.

Can he claim a mandate to lead when only one-fourth of U.S. adults picked him?

After Trump's victory, President Barack Obama remarked sourly: "It's a reminder that elections matter and voting counts. I don't know how many times we have to relearn this lesson, because we ended up having 43 percent of the country not voting who were eligible to vote. …

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