SONNIER: Why voters think their vote doesn’t count

Choosing the right song to ride off to while in the car can be a very overwhelming decision. For some people, picking the right candidate to vote for can be just as stressful. This is one of the many reasons people choose not to vote. During campaign season, many individuals feel that candidates tend to advertise for the sole purpose of winning and not to make an actual change. This can make choosing a believable candidate too intense.

“Honestly, I thought the Presidential election was the most important one,” junior Akia Quillens said.

  Most millennials could not care less about the importance of voting because they don’t seem to understand how important it is. They are easily bored with C-SPAN and CNN, and have no clue of what may be going on within the economy.

“Perhaps, if the news were more entertaining I would be open to watch,” CIS major, Rashad Davaile, said. “They’re always using big, unnecessary words that I simply can’t understand.” Some people have no clue of what goes on in the process of an election campaign. They don’t seem to understand that candidates for the midterm elections are far more important than those running in presidential elections. Midterm candidates are the ones who enable rules and regulations for the president to announce. It takes an entire village to raise a child- this perfectly explains that process.

Lots of people also feel like their vote holds no value. They feel as though their one vote will never make a difference in the patriarchal place of a country we call the United States of America. Time is really of the essence. Time is also a critical matter when it comes to decisions such as voting.

Other obligations like jobs, family crises and even transportation can have a huge effect on voter turnout. People without proper transportation, along with little to no money, can have a difficult time trying to vote. Too many single parents are left with the choice of feeding their child or using public transportation just to vote. The obvious decision will be to feed their child. Others that have money and transportation, but are content with working on a daily basis tend to feel that voting isn’t really important. They get stuck in the cycle of working a daily job, with a sense that neither the government nor their decisions will affect their everyday routines.

Then there are those who are very passionate about voting, but cannot vote because of their current residency. They get bummed with the entire idea of the absentee ballot and become too lazy to complete the process. Being lazy is the most common reason for people not voting. “If the registration process was something to do every eight to 10 years, there would be much more people voting,” Shayla Davidson-Bragg said.

People tend to hate putting in excess work when it does not seem to be needed. They love to take the easy way out.

The influence of others is also a reason people choose not to vote. If you are surrounded by small-minded individuals, then you too will become a small-minded individual. Education has everything to do with why choosing not to vote. Most college students tend to vote and be more aware of the whole voting process, while individuals who chose the workforce grow content with only working and ignoring the outside economy.

There are far too many reasons why people choose not to vote, we must break these generational cycles. One vote at a time.