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You Should Probably Vote

Why is it that every year the percentage of participation of the total number of eligible voters decreases every time an election takes place? It seems that young Americans are not voting for the wrong reasons and their thought process is all messed up. Sure everyone has their reason but majority get it from one person who makes a decision based off of faulty information and spread their toxic disease to all that they know. From there it’s just like an unstoppable cancer that spreads through out the surrounding communities and now we’re left with a bunch of uninformed eligible voters who don’t vote.

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            A recent survey from the California Voter Foundation (CVF) shows that 28 percent of infrequent voters and 23 percent of those unregistered said they do not vote or do not register to vote because they are too busy. 93 percent of infrequent voters agreed that voting is an important part of being a good citizen and 81 percent of nonvoters agreed it is an important way to voice their opinions on issues that affect their families and communities. So maybe this whole being too busy thing is a real issue that has been addressed on multiple occasions. Some of the ideas to fix the problem include early voting and voting by absentee ballot. The survey found that family and friends influence how non-voters decide to vote as much as daily newspapers and TV news. Among non-voters, 65 percent said conversations with their families and local newspapers were influential sources of information when it comes to making voting decisions. So unfortunately most of the predictions that many have made surrounding the fact that maybe the media does have a strong effect on our voters today might prove to be correct.

            One of the biggest arguments that people have is that their vote doesn’t count. In my opinion there is a very simple solution to this problem. If our eligible voters are uninformed then we as a country are doomed, the voting turnout will consistently decrease at a most likely rapid rate. A solution to this problem is to turn to education, if young Americans are more informed at a younger age then the chances of them voting are much greater then if they’re not. Form there they can at least hold enough information to make an educated decision rather than a decision that was basically made by a friend. A final argument that is made towards people who don’t vote is that, it doesn’t matter who is in office because no matter who it is my daily life will go unaffected by it. This is a harder cookie to bite into. There isn’t just a simple and sure solution to this one because it is so hard to make a point back towards ones thinking. This is something a potential candidate is going to have to one day fix. If a candidate can sit down and lay out a plan with extreme detail that leaves a sturdy foundation with his or her audience, then people will begin to change their minds. Until that day that politics change, we can only do so much to get people back into those booths on election day.

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