Over 90 Million People Could Have Voted In The 2016 Presidential Election, But Didn’t

There are 231 million eligible voters in the United States, but it appears that over 130 million actually voted for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Meanwhile, 90 million decided to disregard their vote entirely and didn’t show up to the polls (at least to vote). What’s wrong? Didn’t like the insanely driven, trigger pressing, even oranger version of Chester Cheetah on bath salts? Were you not compelled by the other candidate, who had the personality of a robotic lizard? But even if the choices suck, your vote isn’t insignificant, especially in the swing states, where some were won by only a few thousand votes.

According to the United States Elections Project, there were 231,556,622 Americans eligible to vote, but only 131,741,000 voted. This means that a significant portion of the country didn’t vote. What’s wrong, people? Don’t like your intelligence insulted? The results show that 56.8% of Americans voted, yet 43.2% stayed away from the election booth. I’ll let you take a look at what I mean:

Voting Eligible Population Ballots* Voter Eligible Population That Didn’t Vote Voter Eligible Population Total
131,741,000 (56.8 percent) 99,815,122 (43.2 percent) 231,556,622
*with 56.9 percent counted


But don’t confuse registered voters with eligible voters, folks! Politico showed us in October 2016 that the data firm TargetSmart that voter registration has reached new heights with 200 million registered. This is a sharp increase from 146.3 million voters, who were registered in 2008’s election. There were eleven states that allowed same-day voter registration on Tuesday’s election.

It’s not like fewer people voted in this election than in previous elections. In fact, more eligible voters took part in this election than the 2012 election between Mitt Romney and Barrack Obama. FEC data from the 2012 election tells us that 54.87% of the voting-age population made use of their constitutional right and voted for a president, or in exact terms: 129,085,410 of the 235,248,000 eligible voters showed up to take part in the election. Although, this election didn’t beat out the Barack Obama vs. John McCain turnout in 2008 when 58.23% of the voting-age population participated. In that election, 131,313,820 was the total amount of votes cast.

Data from the New York Times tells us that although (as we know) Trump did win the most states in terms of the electoral college and ultimately won the election, but he did not win the popular vote. That designation rests in the cold hands of Hillary Clinton, who won the most votes, yet still fell to The Donald. She won 60.07 million votes, or 47.7% of the total popular vote, while Trump took home 59.79 million votes or 47.5%. This aggressive cheese doodle ended up beating the icy reptilian, going against many predictions of the election’s outcome.

Wanna see the popular vote chart for yourself? Here’s a chart of the popular vote, according to the Associated Press:

Candidate Vote Total Percentage
Hillary Clinton 60,071,781 47.7
Donald Trump 59,791,135 47.5


And check out this tweet, which compares voter turnout to the 2012 Presidential Elections:

2012 Obama: 65.9m
2016 Clinton: 59.1m = -6.8m
2012 Romney: 60.9m
2016 Trump: 59m = -1.9m

You tell me what happened

— Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR) November 9, 2016

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know: Clinton won more votes in total, 231,567 more votes to be exact. But it’s the swing states that really matter, and they choose the Bizarro World’s mad-hatter instead of a malfunctioning android. However, the man with the orange-toned tan did not win by many votes, and some might describe Trump’s victories in Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin as “razor thin,” in that Clinton was only a hair away from victory.

Want to be as informed as possible about the elections? Well, I’m trying. So, here’s some more data of the turnout for this election. You’ll see the votes for the Republican candidate didn’t fluctuate much compared to the 2008 or 2012 elections, but it was the Democrats who really failed this one (obviously). She’s not quite the boss Obama was, and people were very vocal about it. When you look at this chart, I’m sure many of the Dems out there are kicking themselves for not feeling the Bern sooner:

Need anymore proof that dems have ourselves to blame?… https://t.co/vUXNUVrGLq

— Robert Campbell (@robertwcampbell) November 10, 2016

As you can see Clinton is far behind Obama in this one, while Trump’s voter comparison to Romney and McCain isn’t by much. Which gets me to wonder, if she had beaten Obama in the primaries, would we all be coming off of a Republican presidency? It’s whatever, though. Here’s some more info about the election, yo:

Trump carried WI, MI and PA by combined 107K votes. Clinton carried DaKalb County, GA by 190K votes.

— Alan Abramowitz (@AlanIAbramowitz) November 10, 2016

And many thought Trump was being the sore loser with the polls. Boy, we were in for a surprise on Tuesday night leading into Wednesday morning. The cold Clinton failed, mostly in the Midwest cities, known as America’s heartland. She did win Wayne County, Michigan, but only received 517,000 votes, which pales in comparison to Obama, a candidate who won Wayne County with 595,253 votes. Obama won Michigan, but Clinton lost the state to Trump. Let’s hope that he makes Flint’s water infrastructure great again (seriously, this is really ridiculous, perhaps more so than a Trump victory)!

Clinton fell in Wisconsin as well. She won Milwaukee County, but even there Obama bested her. Lol, thanks Obama! Clinton got 288,986 votes there, while Obama received 319,819 votes in 2008, and 332,438 votes in 2012.

New Hampshire was another state that was a close call in the race, and we don’t have all the information yet, it’s still too soon to say. But Clinton took a small lead, with 348,126 votes for Hillary vs. 345,598 votes for Trump.

Clinton underperformed Obama in key counties with heavy black population. Was whole margin in Wisconsin and Michigan pic.twitter.com/hpC8ZcaLe9

— Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR) November 9, 2016

In the once booming industrial state of Michigan, the outcome was very narrow with Trump defeating Clinton by only 11,837 votes. Even Gary Johnson gained 173,021 votes. And over to the (presumably) cheese-lovers of Wisconsin, Trump only won by 27,257 votes. If she received the same votes that Obama received in Milwaukee County then Wisconsin would have been a Clinton state. But looks like the America’s Dairyland didn’t pick the candidate who cast a shade on inner-city youth in 1996.

The election was lost in a deficit from the Democratic candidate. As you can see from this graph, she is no Barrack Obama. And now, Donald J. Trump is the president-elect of these United States. Votes out for Hillary.


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