Every year, dozens of celebrities post videos on facebook, reach out on social media, and record television PSAs urging people to get out to vote.
This year, even President Obama got in on the action, teaming up with Buzzfeed to make a video showing “five things that are harder than registering to vote.” What’s more, American voters have been found to “rank among some of the least active in the world, particularly among developed countries.” In 2012, out of the 241 million eligible voters only around 80 percent were registered to vote; in the actual election less than 67 percent of those registered cast a ballot.
Compare that to 68 percent in Canada and over 70 percent in Germany and 80 percent in France, according to data from the International Institute for Democracy and Election Assistance According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center earlier this year, among voters who had learned about the election from at least one source, 36 percent felt that their vote had minimal or no impact.
Many websites have made it easier than ever to register to vote.
Vote.org provides an easy form that can be completed in less than three minutes and also provides resources to check your registration status or get an absentee ballot.