non·vot·er | \ˌnän-ˈvō-tər \
plural nonvoters

Definition of nonvoter 

: a person who fails or chooses not to vote or does not have the legal right to vote A mere 37 percent of the eligible electorate voted in the 1986 Congressional elections, the vast majority of nonvoters arguably casting ballots of no confidence.— Richard Caplan

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That means appealing to their base with more liberal candidates and trying to win over nonvoters who lean left, such as high school students or Latino voters. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Why Democrats trying to build a blue wave in Texas are leaning left in the primaries," 21 May 2018 Less clear is how online voter registration changes the electorate, which across the country is older, wealthier, and more educated than nonvoters. Jonathan Lai,, "Online voter registration in Pa., three years in: More than 1 in 5 voters register online," 12 July 2018 The Obama-to-Trump voters are largely moderate whites, while the Obama-to-nonvoters are largely liberal people of color. Seth Masket, Vox, "What Democratic candidates’ priorities say about the party’s direction," 30 May 2018 Those motivated to vote are more likely to be better educated, more affluent, and older than nonvoters. Jonathan Lai,, "What we can learn from low Pa. primary election turnout, and why it matters that just 1 in 6 Philly voters showed up," 21 May 2018 For example, nearly three-quarters of Obama-to-Trump voters supported repeal of the [Affordable Care Act], while less than half of Obama-to-nonvoters did... Mark Murray, NBC News, "2020 study: It's the drop-off voters, stupid," 12 Mar. 2018 The Trump administration is supporting Ohio, saying the Motor Voter law requires states to adequately notify nonvoters before they are purged but doesn’t prohibit the use of voting history altogether. Greg Stohr,, "Voter-Purge Efforts Get Support at U.S. High Court Session," 10 Jan. 2018 The thrashing of Washington culture by voters, nonvoters, members of Congress — that much is a sacred rite. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, "‘Petty Nonsense’ of Washington: Tillerson Joins in Thrashing the Capital," 4 Oct. 2017 This is like a long-term structural problem that the Democratic Party has and there’s reason to believe that a lot of nonvoters lean more Democratic. Isaac Chotiner, Slate Magazine, "Can This Donkey Be Saved?," 27 June 2017

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1851, in the meaning defined above

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