Common Excuses Why People Don’t Vote
My Vote Won’t Make A Difference.
One vote can make a difference. Many voters, together deciding they will make a difference, can change an
election. In fact, many elections – local, state, and even presidential – are decided by a handful of votes. By
voting you are making your voice and your opinions heard. Not voting ensures that your views won’t matter to
elected officials. Be a patriot, take pride in being a good citizen, take part in our democracy. Encourage
people who don’t think their vote matters to ask a friend who does vote why they make that effort for our
The Candidates Are All Equally Bad. It’s Choosing Between The Lesser Of Two Evils.
Sometimes this appears to be true, especially with all of the negative advertising about candidates. But with all
of the information at our disposal these days, it is easier than ever for people to do basic research on
candidates’ positions. There is usually a significant difference between candidates on issues. Remind people
that there are also third party or independent candidates if neither major party candidate interests them. In
most elections, a voter can write-in a candidate of their choice. Voting in a democracy is not supposed to be
easy – sometimes it’s about making difficult choices. Not voting only makes things worse.
Elected Officials Are A Bunch Of Crooks.
The cliché that one bad apple spoils the bunch is often true. Political scandals sometimes leave people with
the false sense that all politicians, by nature, are crooks. If people think their representative is a crook, then
that is even more of a reason to vote for someone else! If more people vote and become active in politics,
elected officials will be held accountable for their actions.
Elected Officials Don’t Level With People. All I Want Is A Straight Answer From A Politician.
Sometimes politicians “duck” questions or otherwise avoid committing to an issue because they don’t yet know