For many voters, the conventional wisdom is that there is one election every two years. It comes in November, some years will involve voting for a president, others will only involve voting for a representative or a senator. Even in presidential election years, voter turnout has hovered in the 50-55% range for the last 50 years. Turnout in those years has not topped 60% since 1968.

In off-presidential years, it is even more difficult to get voters to the ballot boxes on Election Day. In 2014, for example, turnout was approximately 36%, barely topping one out of every three people. 

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