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Voices From America: Pride, Hope And Disengagement

Lately, we’ve heard a lot about Americans who’ve been left behind. Sarah is one of them. She’s just not sure how it happened. “I live paycheck to paycheck,” she says. “I don’t get it. I have a master’s degree. I thought I did everything right. How did I get here?” A North Carolina teacher, Sarah’s got a stable job. But, divorcing and adjusting to life as a single mom, she’s falling behind financially and doesn’t see that changing any time soon. “When the government and politicians talk about changing things to help our country and our economy, it doesn’t really change for someone like me.”

Frustrated with a system over which she has no control, Sarah is opting out. And she’s not alone. According to the United States Elections Project, 231 million people were eligible to vote this year. About 135 million did. With the future of the Supreme Court, Obamacare and NAFTA all hanging in the balance, 95 million people — three times the population of Canada — didn’t vote.

Read the full article at the Huffington Post.