I've only voted twice for the presidential election in my life. This year next one will make it vote #3 for me.... so, since I never used to vote, I can tell you why I didn't & why I still sometimes choose not to...
Reason #1: because not every single vote actually counts. We vote and then the rep from our section gets to choose if they want to go majority rules, or personal view. So it's really up to those select few people to represent the entire state or section they have within the state.
#2. it's like saying do you want your arm cut off or your leg? which one of the bad people do you want to govern you this term? When I chose not to vote it was my way of saying "I don't want either of them!" as futile and unheard as that choice was, at least I wasn't actively putting the next jerk in office.
#3. It's an easy "out" ~ if you don't vote, you can't complain & you can't get sucked into debates with politically passionate people. You can just say "yeah, well, I didn't vote so don't look at me. I didn't put the guy in office."
#4. Life is busy! While everyone is supposed to be let out of work to go vote, yeah, a lot of bosses just don't provide that opportunity for their workers. I've been stuck on shifts before where there just wasn't anyone to cover the shift for me to get to the polls. Nice huh.
#5. Feeling like it doesn't matter and won't make a difference.
#6. Not being informed enough to feel like I could make a decision one way or the other. When I was younger, I never took the time to listen to the debates or do any research of any kind. There were a few years when I would have had to actually think about who the president was! I just didn't care. If I didn't know anything about either party, I didn't feel I was educated enough to cast a vote one way or the other. Let the people who are politically passionate do the voting.
These are different ways of thinking that I went through over the course of hitting 18 leading up to now, I am in no way implying that these are still the ways I think. I would appreciate if no one attacks me for being open and honest about the way I thought or chose to vote or not vote when I was younger. Thanks.