Voter TurnoutVoter turnout in the United States is not very high. In the 2004 election, for example, just over 55 percent of those eligible to vote actually cast their ballots, and that percentage was the highest in almost 30 years. Presidential elections spark maximum voter interest. Voter turnout in midterm elections, when all the seats in the House of Representatives and a third of those in the Senate are contested, drops to as low as 35 percent, and it may be even lower in state and local elections. The United States ranks near the bottom in voter participation among the countries of the world. The process of registeringVoting in the United States is a two-step process: A person registers to vote at one time and then casts his or her ballot at another. Registering to vote is not easy. A person may
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