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a reddit user created a map that shows that more voting-age adults did not vote in the 2016 presidential election than did, giving "did not vote" a landslide victory.(p o: getty images/istockp o)

the media: internet.

who said it: reddit user u/taillesskangaru.

the comment: "if 'did not vote' was a candidate in 2016, it would have won by a landslide."

the forum: reddit.

what we're looking at: whether more voting-age adults did not vote in the 2016 presidential election than did vote — giving "did not vote" a landslide victory.

analysis: 

president-elect donald trump’s surprise victory e in an election that saw a slight decline in voter turnout.

to highlight how many people did not vote in the presidential race, a user of the content-sharing website reddit created a map that depicts the outcome if the votes not cast by adults who are eligible to vote are counted as a separate presidential candidate.

the map shows “did not vote” winning 490 electoral votes, while hillary clinton wins 32 electoral votes and donald trump 16.

only six states and washington, d.c., had more eligible adults casting ballots for either clinton or trump than their non-voting adult population, according to the map.

the data used to create the map come from credible, non-partisan and regularly cited sources.

it drew preliminary election results from the 2016 national popular vote tracker, which is compiled from official sources by david w erman, the house editor for the cook political report. the data was compiled after ballots were counted. (results won't be official until mid-december so, until then, the figures could change slightly.)

the voting-eligible population comes from the united states elections project, a website operated by michael p. mcdonald, a political science professor at the university of florida. the estimate excludes non-citizens and felons.

and the electoral map was built using 270 to win, a website that allows users to map presidential-race scenarios.

of the more than 230 million americans eligible to vote in the 2016 election, more than 96 million did not vote, according to election project figures.

and of those registered to vote, only 58.4 percent went to the polls, according to the most recent data from the elections project. that's a slight dip from the 2012 presidential election, which saw a turnout rate of approximately 58.6 percent.

david belmont, statistician for committee for a unified independent party told az fact check that the map reflects a historical trend in the u.s. “in recent history in our country, it’s very rare that we get even 60 percent turnout,” he said.

bottom line: the map correctly depicts that a candidate who received the votes from all eligible u.s. adults who did not cast a ballot would have won the presidential race in a popular- and electoral-vote landslide.

rating: four stars: true.

sources: if "did not vote" was a candidate in 2016, it would have won by a landslide on reddit.com; 2016 national popular vote tracker on cookpolitical.com; 2016 november general election turnout rates on electproject.org; 2012 november general election turnout rates on electionproject.org.

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