According to Pew, if I’ve done my arithmetic correctly, something like 24 million of the people who voted in 2020 could have voted in 2016 but did not. Total eligible non-voters in 2016 came to 79.5 million. That means that something very close to three out of every ten non-voters in 2016 came to the polls in 2020. That's... a lot. A huge, huge change. Isn't it?
I mean. Thirty percent of people who had made the choice to pass on the opportunity to vote for President of the United States of America in 2016 felt up to doing so in 2020. Almost a third! I think any commercial business would be thrilled to get a third of the people who haven’t bought their stuff in the past to change their minds. If a third of the people in the US who haven’t been vaccinated yet got their jabs this weekend, we’d go to 70% with their first dose by Monday.
It’s interesting (to me, anyway) that those millions of people who voted in 2020 but not in 2016 appear to have voted, in the main, the same way the people who voted in both elections did. Either each Party did an equivalently excellent job of getting disaffected partisans to the polls, or (more likely, in my opinion) the non-voting populace is really quite a bit like the voting populace and making voting easier just led to more participation. That seems to be what Pew is implying, anyway.
Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,