But that’s Hollywood. A single vote would not determine an election of such importance in real life. Right?
Small measures like these can have a big impact. Positive voting enhancements are possible. But we won’t achieve them if we celebrate less than half of the electorate voting as “strong” turnout. Instead, we must demand that our lawmakers and election officials create ways to making voting easier, more convenient, and more accessible to all.
Imagine if one extra voter had decided to vote in this election — if one person hadn’t been dissuaded by the hassles of Virginia’s voter ID law, missed the registration deadline, or failed to show up because they felt like Virginia’s election process just wasn’t convenient enough?
Let’s not accept turnout below 50%. Let’s work instead to strive for as high turnout as possible. One vote — or thousands of votes — can often make a difference.