Given the age of the American electorate, it shouldn’t be surprising that our leaders are older than the general population.
The average age of a registered voter in 2020 was 50, six years older than it was in the mid-1990s, and 12 years older than the nation as a whole. Even remembering that minors can’t vote, our electorate skews senior, especially when we start thinking about likely voters as opposed to just eligible voters.
As a rough rule of thumb, the turnout percentage for an age group is usually about equal to the numerical age of its members. About 40 percent of 40-year-olds vote, 50 percent of 50-year-olds, 60 percent of 60-year-olds and so on.
Population booms can mute the impact of this trend in favor of younger voters, but only up to a point. If more than half of voters are in their golden years, we would expect to see elderly people overrepresented in our political class.
But this is ridiculous …