Do you NOT vote? If you don't vote, why?

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  1. Michele Travis profile image67
    Michele Travisposted 11 years ago

    Do you NOT vote?  If you don't vote, why?

    In the  2008 Presidential election only 63% of people who had registered to vote actually voted.  This was the highest number of people who voted since 1968.  Is there a reason people don't vote?

  2. ComfortB profile image87
    ComfortBposted 11 years ago

    I do vote, but I know many, white, black etc. who don't. Maybe because they are tired of all the political rhetorics. I know I am.

    But I'm still going to vote regardless. Just have to approach it wisely, and go for the 'lesser of two evil'.

    1. Michele Travis profile image67
      Michele Travisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you.  We have to keep our rights to vote.

  3. Deborah Brooks profile image60
    Deborah Brooksposted 11 years ago

    i believe in voting.. i just got done voting my self.. if we do not vote... we should not complain when things go wrong.. great question...

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      DMartelonlineposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Deborah, my mother taught all of us this same thing. My mother was a staunch Democrat, my dad a staunch Republican.  They always told us: Don't vote, don't b***h. I have never missed a vote.

    2. Michele Travis profile image67
      Michele Travisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      That makes a lot of sense to me.

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    JThomp42posted 11 years ago

    Yes I do. But, I don't know about this year?

    1. ComfortB profile image87
      ComfortBposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Just do your part (vote) and pray for whoever gets elected (1 TIMOTHY 2:1–2). smile

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      JThomp42posted 11 years agoin reply to this


  5. michiganman567 profile image75
    michiganman567posted 11 years ago

    A no vote can be a protest vote in response to the parties nominee.  I'm never going to vote for Obama, but I don't see Romney as a reasonable alternative.  In order to convince the Republican party that they need to stop nominating democrat lites, I may sit out this election.  The parties can only ask their voters to hold their noses so many times.

    1. Michele Travis profile image67
      Michele Travisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      What about the independent running for president?  That person never wins, but you can take a vote away from Romney and Obama.

    2. michiganman567 profile image75
      michiganman567posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I think that staying home is more effective.  I don't like the independent candidate.  That is pretty much the mushy middle party that Romney belongs in.

  6. Credence2 profile image78
    Credence2posted 11 years ago

    I vote! I must or I become partially responsible for the rise of 'dark side' if I sat on the sidelines and did nothing, lacking the proper of attitude of my one vote making a difference, I only have myself to blame for an undesirable outcome.

    People believe that one side is no different that the other, but close examination show great differences in philosophy of the parties even though it does not always show up in practise because of the need of one side to compromise with the other. Also we get tangled in our daily lives and get to busy to cast a ballot.

    Without naming names that is what some that have a stake in winning hope will occur with many voters.......

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    Jade0215posted 11 years ago

    I know people are going to attack me for this but I don't vote and I never will. I know we'll probably continue to have presidents until the end of time but I don't believe in our government and I have no faith in our presidents that enter into office giving out false promises to make our country better when in reality, it only gets worse. Most of these people entering into office grew up wealthy and don't know life any other way. They don't have a clue what happens in the real world as much as they say they do, more time seems to be spent worrying about other countries rather than our own. It seems like the first thing presidents do as soon as they get into office is go on some sort of trip and with whose money? Ours. And I know, I know, don't complain about our president if you don't vote. Sorry I just don't believe in any of these people, republican or democrat, our government is corrupt but I still have a right to voice my opinion especially when it comes to comments made about the American people and how we should live our lives. Our government would turn against all the American citizens in a heartbeat. They don't care about what really happens to the people, the only thing that matters to them is the money and power that they have over everyone. Well that's my rant, attack away!

  8. Cristale profile image83
    Cristaleposted 11 years ago

    I voted for the very first time, and look at what happened! So I don't think I will be voting again any time soon.

  9. Dennis AuBuchon profile image65
    Dennis AuBuchonposted 11 years ago

    I vote as I feel it is my civic duty to voice my opinion whether it is about candidates running for office or voicing my opinion on issues before the voters.

    1. Michele Travis profile image67
      Michele Travisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I like voicing my opinion.  I have written to them, called then, and emailed them.  That is just something I like to do.

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    ahorsebackposted 11 years ago

    Hi Michele ,    We have entered an age , in America and beyond , where political apathy has become a plague! .....I am afraid that nothing will change , untill   perhaps  a revolution or major civil disturbance .  Once our populace becomes hungry again for liberty or for food , nothing will change , I vote  every election !

  11. lone77star profile image76
    lone77starposted 11 years ago

    Vote for Hitler or Stalin? No thanks!

    I'll put my vote behind Ron Paul even if he doesn't make the GOP ticket.

    1. Michele Travis profile image67
      Michele Travisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for voting.  I guess you know that one vote can make a difference.  A vote is more powerful then a super pac.  At least to me.  We hire them and we can fire them.

  12. SportsBetter profile image63
    SportsBetterposted 11 years ago

    I mistakenly voted in 2008, and then over the last four years changed my whole perspective on politics.

    The reason I'm not voting this coming election is because I have learned that both candidates no matter who they are, usually have the same policies.

    Despite President Obama looking and sounding different than Bush, they both have the same policies. Increase the national debt, increase wars, bailouts, more laws making the Bill of Rights irrelevant.  The same goes for Romney.

    I just don't see a whole difference, and there was a saying I can't remember who said it but it goes something like this.  "No matter who the people voted for, they always voted for us" 

    Ron Paul is the only candidate I'd vote for.

    1. Michele Travis profile image67
      Michele Travisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      That is fine, one vote is better then no vote.  Thank you.

  13. Kayte profile image41
    Kayteposted 11 years ago

    I do vote, but not this year because I don't know who would be best for this country. I believe that Obama is the best choice though, of the two running but I don't know if he can handle the job for more than 4 years.

    1. Michele Travis profile image67
      Michele Travisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Well one of the reasons I am worried about is what he wants to do. Mitt Romney, wants to make China change it's currency, so it is more like the rest of the worlds.  So china will be making less money.  China gives Nukes to Iran. Scary.

  14. SidKemp profile image87
    SidKempposted 11 years ago

    I believe that voting is an important right to exercise to maintain our freedoms. Yet, by my own choice, I no longer vote. My reason is unusual. I am a deep and spiritual pacifist. I cannot vote for anyone who maintains war and oppression - as all major candidates do now, it seems to me.

    I encourage everyone to register, to educate ourselves about the issues, to decide, and to vote - or not to vote, as a conscious expression of our values. If all eligible Americans do that, then it will be a step towards the restoration of democracy.

  15. Express10 profile image85
    Express10posted 11 years ago

    I vote but a frequent and often truthful excuse that I hear is "it's like choosing the lesser of the evils."

    1. Michele Travis profile image67
      Michele Travisposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I understand that very much.

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