New data suggests part of the reason for the surprising outcome of the U.S. Presidential election might be due to low voter turnout. According to the United States Election Project, nearly half of eligible voters, or around 47 percent of more than 231 million people ,did not vote in the 2016 election. The numbers are much lower than they were in both 2012 and 2008, especially amongst Democrats. Many sources argue the low turnout stems from the 2016 election being the first since the Supreme Court ruled against the Voting Rights Act in 2013. This led to the closing of over 800 polling places across the country, along with stricter ID requirements for voters in multiple states.
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