What is Unregistered Voters?

Definition and meaning of unregistered voters: Unregistered voters are individuals in the United States who are eligible to vote, but who, for a variety of reasons, have not registered with their local election authority. Unregistered voters are often unaware of their rights and responsibilities as citizens, or they may feel disenfranchised by the two-party system. Unregistered voters are also often young, low-income, or minority individuals who may not feel their voice is heard in the political process. To increase the number of unregistered voters, reform-minded individuals advocate for more independent candidates who offer an alternative to the two-party system, and for making voter registration more easily accessible. The hope is that more unregistered voters will become engaged in the political process, and that their participation will lead to more representative and diverse outcomes in American politics.


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