Voting turnout at presidential elections is relatively low. Just 65 percent of the United States voting age population was registered to vote at the 2008 election, and only 58 percent of the voting age population actually voted (according to the United States Census Bureau).
These statistics are quite strong representations to the level of involvement by the public in democratic elections. There is a substantial apathy towards participation in democratic government, as is illustrated by the fact that 29 percent of the public (18 years of age and above) isn't registered to vote.
If you aren't registered, it isn't likely that you plan on voting. This is regrettable. The United States allows for the democratic election of political officials, yet many people forego that right.
It is appropriate to remember that while the democratic process in America is undesirable, there are American troops in Middle Eastern countries, such as Afghanistan, who are fighting to secure rights to democracy for other persons.
The least we can do for our own country is to become more politically knowledgeable and vote for the candidates who best represent the interests of the United States.
SAM DISSELKAMP, Richland