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Why Americans Don't Vote

October 10, 2000

Most people don’t realize that just under half of the population actually votes — a figure that hasn’t changed much in 80 years. In the last election, this meant that Bill Clinton was elected by just 27% of the population. Sociologist Frances Fox Piven says that the government wants it this way.


  • Frances Fox Piven, Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the City University of New York and co-author of ??Why Americans Don’t Vote and Why the Politicians Want It That Way.