For such an advanced democracy, many Americans just don’t vote. In recent elections, turnout has ranged from about 50% to 60% of the voting-age population.
But there’s a simple change that the US could make to boost turnout dramatically, something that has worked in at least 26 other democracies.
We could make Americans vote.
President Barack Obama has endorsed the idea, and yet it has never taken hold in the US, for a variety of reasons. But many experts think it’s a good idea.