Letter from America: Election watch In a hall of mirrors
significant issues drive the campaign. No one is seriously entertaining
the questions that bother ordinary Americans. The haste to drop ballots
into the boxes on election day should not be mistaken for enthusiasm; it
is a sign of frustration.
By VIJAY PRASHAD
ELECTORATE GOES TO THE polls in November to elect the next President of
the United States. To be fair, a little more than half of the eligible
U.S. population votes in presidential elections—57.5 per cent in 2012.
The rest of the voters do not bother. They either find it too onerous to
get to the polling booths (the election is conducted on a workday) or
they simply do not find the choices vibrant enough. This election is not
an ordinary election. The two candidates are the most hated people to
run for the U.S. presidency. Polling data show that the two of them,
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, are running very close to each other.
What seems to drive voters to the candidates is not enthusiasm for them
but dislike of the opponent. http://www.frontline.in/world-affairs/in-a-hall-of-mirrors/article9142549.ece?homepage=true