US election 2020: The voters who don't like Donald Trump or Joe Biden

 In the final stretch of an already contentious election, Trump and Biden supporters are making a last push to show their backing and convert any undecided voters.

 But not everyone is thrilled with the choice on offer. With less than two months to go, both major parties have touted the November contest as "the most important election of our lifetime" and have delivered record-breaking fundraising hauls in recent weeks.

 Political observers predict a major surge in overall participation, but many voters are still unsure of whether they will vote for incumbent president Donald Trump, Democratic nominee Joe Biden or anybody at all.

 "I feel disillusioned by this election," said Samian Quazi, a 32-year-old psychiatric nurse from Houston. "We don't really have any good choices. Neither candidate is really addressing any issues or offering any hope for this country to really make people's lives better."

Quazi has voted regularly in election years and said he voted for Democratic Party candidates up and down the ballot in both the 2016 presidential election and the 2018 midterm elections, but he has grown cynical after seeing his preferred candidate, the left-wing Bernie Sanders lose the Democratic Party primary election earlier this year.

"It was an example of the powers that be that control media access in this country not wanting to see their economic interest threatened," he said.

 "I wonder if America is still trying to be a democracy, when it's really a plutocracy. When it comes to actual economic and structural changes that could possibly threaten their hold on our country, that's a hard no-go and they will push out anybody who materially can change our lives."

 Political disengagement in the United States has led to low voter turnout rates relative to the rest of the world, with participation in recent elections hovering in the 50-60% range. Overall voter turnout amongst OECD countries is about 70% and even many developing countries tend to see turnout rates higher than those seen in most US elections.About 64% voted in the 2008 election between Barack Obama and John McCain, but turnout slipped to a 20-year-low during the 2016 election to only 55%. BBC


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