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Why Do People Choose Not To Vote

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Our country is based on the foundation that our elected government should most accurately represent the voices and desires of every aspect of the population. However, that has always presented challenges. This is especially prevalent when people chose not to vote. The ramifications can include close elections, greater political division in the country, and disrespect to the fundamental ideals behind voting rights. When people chose not to vote, then elections end up getting tighter. Just look at the 2000 and 2016 presidential elections where in both cases, the elections were extremely close. But when you look back at the eligible voter turnout for each election, it was 50.3% in 2000 and 55.3% in 2016. It’s hard to believe that roughly only 1 of 2…show more content…
And when millennials don’t see the government working towards solving their issues, they become angry with the government and protest in a variety of ways. But the government only works based on what it is representing. If a population chooses not to vote, then it can’t be angry when they are not accurately represented in government. They can’t be angry at elected officials for their legislation and policies when that population did not do everything in it’s power to use their voice in the government. All of this helps contribute to an ever dividing nation as people choose not to vote and instead fight for their causes in other means. Not only is choosing not to vote create issues in elections and policy making, but it’s also disrespectful to all the people who had to fight for their ability to vote. Voting is the most important individual responsibility in a democracy. Our founding fathers fought a bloody war in which hundreds of thousands of people died just to establish representation in the democracy they created. Look at the centuries of struggles it took for African Americans and other minorities to
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