Only 36 percent of eligible voters turned out for the 2014 midterms. According to the U.S. Elections Project, it was the worst turnout rate since 1942.
The reason? People are too busy to vote.
“Too busy” was the number one reason non-voters gave the Census Bureau for their absence at the polls, at 28 percent. “Not interested” came in second, with 16 percent, followed by illness (11 percent) out of town (10 percent.) “Forgot to vote” and “disliked candidates/issues” were tied at 8 percent.
An illustration from the Washington Post:
Midterms are never very well-attended, particularly by Democrat-friendly demographics like young people.
In one poll conducted around the election, a third of all millennials who were registered to vote said they didn't vote because--you guessed it!--they were too busy. Another 17 percent said they weren't interested in voting or didn't think their voted counted.