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Why Some People Decided Not to Vote in this Year’s Election
PALMDALE, CA – Every four years Americans decide whether or not to vote during the national general elections. As the Nov. 3 elections approach non-voters are becoming more common than many people think. In the northern Los Angeles County city of Palmdale there are a few people who are skeptics about the virtues of voting.
As millions of Americans head to the polls, some are having trouble finding a reason to vote. They do not anticipate any change coming from the process. They believe it is just something to keep them occupied.
“We get no result from it. We are just voting to have something to do,” said Antione Malbrew, Palmdale Resident.
According to The Washington Post, about 100 million people did not vote in the 2016 election. Voting locally and in the national general elections can help the community in more than one way. Nevertheless, a few residents who have voted in their elections say it is a waste of time.
“I feel voting locally is a pawn, they’re just trying to play us. It is a wastes everyone’s time,” said Beedie Johnson, Palmdale Resident
While some people think their vote does not matter, there are others who believe that not voting means never having their voices heard in an election.
Although many residents have specific reasons as to whether or not they will vote, there are many others who do not have the choice. Some reasons include losing voting rights due to a criminal conviction or the inability to take time off of work.
In the 2020 Presidential Election, more than 154 million people are expected to vote. That’s about 65 percent of the voting-eligible population For future elections and where to vote people can find information at vote.org.
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By Alexis Amezcua With contributions from The Washington Post Photo, Alexis Amezcua Video, Alexis Amezcua
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