Why People Don't Find it Necessary to Vote

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Why people don’t find it necessary to Vote Why is American voter turnout so low? After some research of the topic and many discussions in previous classes I’m still not sure what the answer is. I personally am of the belief if your not participating don’t complain when representatives in office aren’t reflecting your views. Despite consisted efforts to make registering to vote more accessible to the public, voter turnouts are continuing to decline. As a political science major I hold more interest in this matter than do most young adults my age, some of which have not even registered never mind participate. The feeling that Continue...

your vote doesn't really matter has skyrocketed. If people were more informed I believe the vote would rise the dilemma lies in how to get the word out that each vote makes a difference. Although the percentage of the SES haws risen over time the turnout continues to decline. (Texiera,34) Taxiera also states that education helps a person to understand the seemingly difficult legislative process and how there vote as the electorate of the United States effects this process. There also seems to be some correlation between a high socioeconomic status and active voters. Social connectedness may also be to blame as a leading cause to the decline of voters since the 1960s interpersonal and community social ties have been said to be increase ones likelihood to vote. Since Americans are losing the sense of community values that were highly valued at one time the vote has also declined. Taxiera points out in the "disappearing voter that this is not the case. Every American should have the belief that they have a stake in there government and want to be a part of the process, however it seems that the more educated one becomes the more likely they are to feel that there vote has a direct impact on their lives. I have witnessed many of my peers adopt this attitude over time. Some characteristics of connectedness being marital status, church attendance, and age. These are all viewed as ties to ones community and are sources of outside encouragement to show up and vote. With this being said however one would think that since the percentage of college educated adults has risen since the sixties that the result would be more of the electorate would vote. There seems to be many positions on the matter a few of which are discussed above, but the fact of the matter remains that it is up to the individual citizen whether they choose to vote or not.