Why do some people refuse to vote in local, state or national elections?
The number of candidates seem to increase while simultaneously the number of voters drops
I think it to be out of frustration. They come to a point where there is really no one that they would vote for.. so they just do not bother. I have to admit myself.. I did not vote in the last Presidential election. I was simply concerned about both candidates. Do we want to go from bad to worse is what I was thinking. I was actually shocked that Obama won re-election.
Just off the top of my head.
Some people don't care about politics.
They think their one vote is too small to make a difference
They believe the voting system is rigged and their vote won't count or will only do harm.
They don't like any of the candidates.
Time and again what I hear is that they are simply choosing the lesser of the evils. In too many elections (whatever level of government) they are totally right.
Laziness, ignorance, apathy? Who knows, but I always kind of chuckle when people complain about their politicians but don't vote and don't really know much about them. I agree it sucks sometimes what choices are available, but there usually are ballot issues and there usually are third party candidates one could support in the hopes that it will encourage breaking the two-party stranglehold.
Here we just had a primary last week. Took about 10 minutes out of my day to go vote. Total turnout was about 15% of eligible voters. One issue, a library millage, passed 2,300 to 2,100. It is pretty amazing to think that 200 votes is all it took and I started thinking about how if anyone could patch together just 2,000 votes or so, you could get anything passed.
Democracy can't survive without informed, engaged citizens. We are proving that to be true.
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