On November 6, Americans will flock to their town halls and local voting booths to cast their votes for the next president. But if history is any indicator, the number of citizens casting their ballots will be relatively low compared to the total population. Here are a few ways to put that number into perspective:
If the same proportion of citizens who voted in the 2008 election vote in this one, voter turnout will be 57.1 percent.
If the same proportion of Iranian citizens who voted in their latest presidential election voted in the U.S. in November, voter turnout would be 84.77 percent.
If every view of the Gangnam Style music video on YouTube counted as a vote in November, voter turnout would be over 100 percent.
If every Big Mac sold in the United States in one year equaled one vote in the presidential election, voter turnout would be over 100 percent.
If every pound of popcorn consumed in one year at Walt Disney World counted as 10 votes in the U.S. election, voter turnout would be over 100 percent.
If every person who watched Super Bowl XLVI cast three votes this November, voter turnout would be 100 percent.
If national participation matched the percentage of Harvard undergraduates who reported having a drink in the last 30 days, voter turnout would be 63 percent.
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