Turning Out For Something, Not Against Something

When the dust settles, the 2020 United States presidential election will have record turnout. According to the United States Election Project, run by political science professor Michael McDonald, national turnout will be 66.4% with 155.8 million votes. Data scientists Rachael Dottle and Demetrios Pogkas of Bloomberg estimate a range of 68.6–72.1% turnout with 158 to 165 million votes.

The raw number of votes is the most in our history by far and you’d have to go back to 1900 to find to a better turnout percentage. As a civics enthusiast and…