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Be Engaged. Be Informed. Be Kind.

November 14th, 2016
Image via bigstockphoto.com

Image via bigstockphoto.com

We’ve been hearing a lot about how people who voted for one candidate are upset with people who voted for another.  But consider this:

The population of the U.S. is approximately 320 million people.

Approximately 100 million of those people can’t vote either because they’re kids like you and are too young to vote, or they live here (either legally or illegally) but aren’t citizens, for example.

That leaves about 231.5 million people who  could vote in the U.S. election, according to the U.S. Elections Project .

That means that over 40% of the people who could vote … didn’t. 

That leaves 128.8 million people who voted in this election.

More people chose Mrs. Clinton than Donald Trump —  60,981,118 of those people voted for Hillary Clinton and 60,350,241 people voted for Donald Trump.

Mrs. Clinton received over half a million more votes in total than Mr. Trump but she lost the election because of the state-by-state counting system.

That means that 60+ million people (and less than the total number of people who voted for Mrs. Clinton) out of 320 million determined who our new president is.

Less than 1 in every 5 people in the entire country — less than 20% of the entire population of the U.S. — ultimately decided for everyone.

If you have about 25 kids in your class at school, that means that 5 kids out of your whole class voted for the candidate that would represent your whole class, making choices about things that you have an opinion on and that matter to you.

The United States has one of the lowest voter turnouts in all of the developed countries, according to Follow My Vote .

You know who did vote? Astronaut Shane Kimbrough from the International Space Station. The address on his ballot? Low-Earth Orbit.

American astronaut Shane Kimbrough voted from space. Photo credit: NASA

Some would say that if you can “vote while you float” in outer space … then you should vote if you’re on the planet.

The point is, it’s important to vote. Your voice matters.

And, it’s important to know who and what you’re voting for. Make sure you know about the issues that are important to you. If the total number of people who fit into the Big House stadium in Michigan — 107,000+ people — had voted differently in just three states , Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, the outcome of the election would have been different! Let’s hope they had all the information they needed.

Big House stadium in Michigan. Photo credit: Gee Jay via Flickr/CC

And just a reminder after processing the wins and the losses (and some of the meanness that went with it) … please be kind. Goodness in the world starts with us.

BE ENGAGED. BE INFORMED. BE KIND.

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