Why don't enough people vote?
More than 130 million people turned out to vote Tuesday, the most ever to vote in a presidential election.
In 2008 the Presidential election
with ballots still being counted in some precincts into Wednesday morning, an estimated 64 percent of the electorate turned out, making 2008 the highest percentage turnout in generations. This is amazing. So, why don't people vote? They blame the president but they don't vote. Is there any reason for this?
I do not think there is one single reason for why many people do not vote. I feel that many people believe their vote will not make a difference one way or another. They feel they would be simply wasting their time going to the polls.
Another factor is the campaigns themselves. They last so long and the candidates spend more time putting down their opponents. Voters are not sure who to believe and end up getting frustrated with the whole process.
Last of all, many voters do not believe in the candidates. They often feel that it is simply trying to pick the least of two evils. They feel no matter who they elect, it will make little difference in the end.
It is sad to see the lack of concern held by so many. I feel we all need to do our homework and get involved with how the country is run.
Michele, I can tell you African-Americans haven't voted for years because they didn't think their vote counted. No matter what, everything was against us as a people. As for me, I have always voted, I knew the importance of it through my grandparents and mother. So voting really has never been an option. I cast my first vote at 18 as I should have and haven't missed one election since. When you know better you do better. It's sad for miniorties and women not to exercise this right that many died for.
A lot of people I talk to that do not vote thinks it doesn't matter. ..A lot of people don't care. they have no business blaming the president or anyone else if they do not care enough to vote.
Maybe when they see their rights being taken away, then they will care.
Our rights are already being taken away and people still don't care. Take their toys away and then they will care.
Rhonda you are correct, our rights are being taken slowly. I wonder when they will take the toys away.
Oh they'll keep the toys coming as long as we can afford to buy them. That's part of the illusion. Tell people they have a right to the toys and they won't notice when their right to an education is taken away.
We have had too much freedom for too long for many people to appreciate it. Besides, it is easier to complain than to do the hard work of being informed and involved.
It is most likely that people lost their faith over the political leaders because what they said before election is not done after the election and lot of common people remains the same or rather get deteriorated.
This could be a hub. Too often, we are asked to vote for the lesser of two evils, not much of a choice when you dislike them both. This is a subject worthy of much discussion. Are we getting the best or the best that money can buy? Are we subconsciously refusing to participate in a tainted system? Do lengthy campaings riddled with character assualts, dishonest advertising and anything is fair as long as you win agendas, promote the trust and involvement of the electorate? Refusing to buy products from a corupt company mandates change or ruin for that company. It doesn't work in politics. It won't bring them to ruin. We have to vote just to preserve the integrity of so noble an excercise. We have forgotten that such nobility, whether it brings change or not, preserves the power of individuals to rule themselves. We have some changes to make in campaign laws, term limits and the absurdity of monetary influence upon so noble an endeavor as the voting and selecting candidates. When we force those changes, it will be easier to see the impact of "the people" upon democracy. Until then, too many will refuse to vote for any evil regardless of how they dress it. I understand the apathy, but blaming messenger will not change the message.
Simply put, They don't care as long as their lives can go on with as little disruption as possible
But what will people do when disruption does happen?
But, will they vote him out? Or just cuss him out. I wish they would just vote him out. That is just my wish.
Most people don't even know who is running for office. Much less what is going on in the country.
Although it is true that people may voice different reasons for not voting, it all boils down to people feeling disillusioned. They don’t trust the candidates to tell them the truth. They don’t rust the media to tell them the truth. They don’t trust the education system to tell them the truth. These sectors still think the way to deal with people’s disillusionment is to rebuild the illusion. In an election system where popularity is more important than substance, I don’t think the candidates and the media lie to deceive people. They lie because they know the truth is something people don’t really want to hear. Many people don’t want to rebuild the illusion, so they stay home
The non-vote is a vote of "no confidence" in the electoral system. There is almost no difference between a Democrat and a Republican.
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