I found this chart fascinating. More people did not vote in the recent election than voted for either candidate. How should we interpret this chart? Were the mass of non-voters not interested in either candidate? Do they feel like their vote does not matter regardless of who’s running? Is this group of people who did not vote comfortable with neither candidate, or checked out of the process?

It’s foreign to me, as an activist type of person, to consider not voting. What else do these folks not engage in? Are they active in their schools and churches and communities, or are they quietly moving through life on their own? Henry David Thoreau stated that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Does this describe these non-voters?

I’m puzzled.

P.S. I encourage you to check out the website of the folks that produce this chart.