Published: October 25, 2012
Elections are at the very foundation of our democracy. But voter turnout in the last presidential election was only 57.37%. Which has us wondering – do elections mean as much as they used to?
With anxieties about the possibility of voter suppression in some electoral districts this year, we’re looking at who was allowed (and encouraged) to vote in the nation’s early years. We’ll also explore the roots of the electoral college, and look at why Southern segregationists in the 1960s fought a proposal to do away with that method of counting votes.
And, as always, we’ll take your calls. What questions do you have for the History Guys? Does voting mean something different to you and your parents? Do you have a good election day story? Ever voted for a third party candidate? Let us know below!