U.S. Congressional Representative Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) published an op-ed in The Hill this week, explaining the importance of political participation in a democracy. He begins by citing several statistics from the 2014 midterm elections. "[J]ust 36.3 percent (approximately 82 million) of Americans participated in this year's election," he writes. "Only in the 1942 midterm election was turnout lower." He argues barriers to voting are the primary problem and calls for increased access for voters.
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