Voting awareness has been on the rise this time of year. With the midterm elections being on November 6th some people who do not vote ignore and dislike most of the voting awareness. People who do vote encourage others to vote so that they can help bring to pass change. People who do not vote wonder why people who vote do vote. Voters wonder why people who do not vote don’t. Here are some reasons why people vote and why people do not.
Participation is one of the biggest factors of why Americans do and do not vote. If you do vote and choose not to participate you waive your freedom of speech and you’re not helping choose what direction the country is going to go. On the other hand if you do vote you are somewhat responsible for what laws and people are put in charge. When something goes wrong in the office or a law is not working out well, people who voted for that law or person who they wanted in office are told that it was their choice on what they wanted.
Another major factor of voting are a person's feelings towards a certain candidate or law. Many who do not vote say that they didn’t because of negative feelings towards the candidates or laws that are up to be voted for or on. Some Americans that do vote usually have strong feelings towards one option or the other. The “Lesser of Two Evils” strategy is one that is used by both voters and non voters. This strategy used by voters by choosing the candidate or law that in their opinion is the better option with the least consequences. People who do not vote use this strategy saying that in their opinion no matter what candidate or law is chosen they are both evil even if one is a “lesser evil”.
The last major factor is voting itself. Many who do not vote claim that their vote is just one among thousands and that it won't matter. Some even liken it to a grain of sand in the sea saying it doesn’t make a difference. Common Cause, a grassroots organization whose mission is upholding the core values of American democracy, says that “One vote can make a difference. Many voters, together deciding they will make a difference, can change an election.” Many presidential, state, and even local elections have been decided by only a handful of votes.
This article was to inform people some of the major reasons why some vote and others do not. It is your choice to vote or to not. If you vote you get your voice heard, your vote is counted and your opinion is noted. If you do not vote you do not have to participate, your opinion is kept to yourself and your vote is not counted. Whatever you choose to do is up to you.
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