REASONS FOR LOW VOTER TURNOUT
44.3% of eligible voters didn't vote in the 2016 Presidential Election. Let's explore some possible reasons for this low voter turnout.
"I don't like either candidate."
Sometimes it seems like all we hear about is the Presidential race. But that is just one of many things on a ballot. In addition to the Presidential race, you will find federal House and Senate races, candidates for state positions, and, sometimes, elections for city or town offices, too. There may also be questions on the ballot, where voters can have a first-hand influence on whether something becomes law or not.
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"My vote doesn't matter anyway."
We get it... It's easy to feel like our individual vote doesn't make a difference. However, voting is one of, if not the most important thing we can do to help create the world we want to live in. See below for a few examples of why.
"I don't have time."
Election day isn't always an option for everyone. The good news is that it is becoming more and more common to have the option to vote early or by mail. Check out this link to see what options exist in your state.
"I'm young, these issues don't impact me."
It may not seem like it now, but the younger you are, the more the votes of today affect you. This is because when new laws pass, they create laws and policies that have implications lasting well beyond the actual term of an electee.
An example of this is education. Education budgets not only affect the current fiscal year, but will influence things like tuition prices, construction of new buildings, teacher salaries, and more, all of which have implications for many years to come.
No matter where you fall on an issue, the decisions that are made on them today affect what our communities look like years from now.
"I'm too young to register."
While you do have to be 18 to cast a vote, many states will let you pre-register at an earlier age. That way, all you'll have to do is vote when you are able. You can check if your state allows this below.
In the meantime, you can still help by learning about issues that matter to you and encouraging others that are old enough to get out and vote on those issues. There are also volunteer opportunities for any age! *insert link to states page so they can see if their state allows that*.