What if “Didn’t Vote” was a Candidate?

Disclaimer: This map and short article is a departure from my typical food/CPG industry topics. But it’s important and I hope you’ll take a moment to read it.

In the 2014 midterm Congressional election, odds are you didn’t vote. I don’t mean to shame you. But I want you to know how pervasive this is.

Most eligible Americans didn’t vote for their Member of Congress. If “Didn’t Vote” was a party, they would hold 431 of the 435 seats in the House. A whopping 64% of you belong to that party.

It seems no one is happy with politics these days. It seems that we voted for exactly what we wanted: Nothing. I’d say that our elected officials are living up to that standard.

Some additional stats from 2014:

  • 379 incumbents won re-election (87%)
  • 40 new members took over seats from someone who retired, resigned, or died, and the party didn’t change (9%)
  • 16 seats changed in a meaningful way, and 12 of those changed parties (4%)

This Tuesday’s election is important, if only because so many people are unhappy with our politics on both sides.

If you’re unhappy with the results on this map, go vote. See https://www.vote.org if you’re unsure what to do or where to go.

What if Didn't Vote was a Candidate?