Independents are becoming more important. Less people are showing up.

I find this colorful infographic from Third Way fascinating. I think an increase in “independents” as a portion of voters is a good thing since ideally that means the voters are more informed and less party loyal when they head to the polls. However, I find it concerning that the overall numbers across the board are down, indicating that dissatisfaction with the current political options may be driving down participation. If you don’t participate, you’re not going to make any sort of a change or encourage better options to come along, and that concerns me.

-Matt

thirdwaythinktank:

Check out this infographic created by our very own Bill Rapp and Michelle Diggles to demonstrate the rising number of independents in swing states as we approach the 2012 election.

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