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    Obama Laments Americans’ Reluctance to Vote on Eve of Trump-Clinton Debate

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    President Barack Obama regretted in a proclamation the low levels of voter participation in American elections on the eve of the first US presidential debate on Monday between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the White House said.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Opinion polls continue to show both Trump and Clinton with the highest levels of personal unfavorable perceptions among voters of any two major candidates in modern times.

    "Unfortunately, among those who are eligible to vote, too many choose not to," Obama said in the proclamation on Monday. "Far too many people disenfranchise themselves by not getting involved."

    Obama issued his proclamation to commemorate National Voter Registration Day only hours before Trump and Clinton, the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees, were due to hold their first nationally televised debate at Hofstra University on Long Island.

    "It is easy to feel frustrated when the pace of change is slow," Obama acknowledged in the proclamation.


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