Why Do People Choose Not To Vote?

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As precedents follow through and the presidential election for the start of each term occur quarterly, the amount of people voting continues to decline. People have not been voting for who they want to represent them. And as the population continues to increase, the number of eligible voters increase as well, which should result in an overall larger amount of people voting. However, that is not the case as people don’t vote due to their belief that their votes don’t matter. The youth feel like their vote will have no effect while minorities also believe that their votes don’t matter because others suppress their ideas so that they won’t be heard. Yet, they complain that our government is failing while sitting back and ignoring the fact that …show more content…
However, in the end they will choose not to vote because they believe that they do not have a say in the decisions of America as there are little to no changes or they were not able to reach the voting station. On the days of the election, most minorities would happen to be out of town, have transportation problems, or more. “Taken together, the surveys suggest that white citizens who abstain from voting do so primarily by choice, while the majority of minority non-voters face problems along the way” (Weeks). These minorities include people of color, the poor, the mentally ill, and more. Their choice to not participate in elections are usually due to “disapproval of candidate choices, busyness, illness, transportation, and registration/ administrative problems” (Weeks). In polls, the majority of it is run by older, rich, white citizens. Since the rich run the polls, “money and social status is how you make yourself heard.” The minorities would say “we 're not equal citizens” because they are neither rich nor poor so they do not have money or a social status (Weeks). They believe that they do not have a place in the polls because they are not equal citizens which means that their. Also, as Republicans are trying to limit the number of voters now, the amount of voters would decrease even more because most people would not be bothered to deal with the rules and regulations set for them to vote. As …show more content…
Since there are many people in the United States, many people see their one vote as insignificant. Compared to the overall number of votes, people don’t see their one vote as important because it doesn’t change any numbers. It doesn’t change the outcome or overturn an entire decision so they feel that it’s invalid. In Morris’ video about how to defend non voting, one man said, “Let’s say it does matter. Where my one vote swings the whole state” (Reasons). If the one vote doesn’t make a difference in the overall election, then there’s no point in voting anyways. Another reason is that there will be no change. Since the older, rich, and white citizens are the majority of the polls, what they vote for would be what occurs. The views of voters and nonvoters are on separate poles. Based on the chart of American National Election Studies, between “white voters and nonwhite, nonvoters, there was a 42-point net gap” on subjects involving economic inequality (McElwee). Voting doesn’t determine that what is best should happen. Instead, it is a game of chance in that“either you believe that the system is both changeable and worth changing, or you don’t” (Morris). Most people believe that the system won’t change and that voting is just a waste of time since their ideas will never be heard due to the higher

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