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The Cost of Not Voting: 7.2 Million Registered California Voters Did Not Bother to Vote

November 15th, 2012
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The Cost of Not Voting: 7.2 Million Registered California Voters Did Not Bother to Vote

original article written by Net Advisor

California, USA. After what was a close Presidential Election, we decided to take a look at the most populace state – California, and found 7.2 million registered voters did not bother to vote.

Here is a quick look at how we came up with this data:

California Population: 37,691,912 (2011 estimate) (Source: U.S. Census)

Number of Registered Voters: 18.2 Million (Source: Sacramento Bee PDF)

Registered Party Affiliation: (Source: Sacramento Bee PDF)

(D) 43.7%
(R) 29.4%
(No party) 20.9%
(Other party) 6%

Number of people who voted in 2012 Election: 10,957,804 (Source: Washington Post, California Results)

Number of people who did NOT vote in 2012 Election: 7,242,196 (estimate)

[Math: 18.2 Million registered voters – 10,957,804 actual number of votes cast = 7,242,196 (estimate). The math is an estimate because the number of registered voters was rounded to 18.2 Million.]

What California Did Vote For – Higher Taxes.
The people who did vote, enough of them managed to also vote for higher taxes – on themselves (report).

This is why it is important to vote. If one does not vote, someone else is making all the decisions for us – and some of those decisions will cost money.

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