Open thread: Tell us why you’re not going to vote

If history is any guide, about half of Minnesotans will blow off Election Day on Tuesday.

If you’re one of them, here’s your other chance to have a voice.

Non-voters only in this thread, please.

  • Mike Stevens

    Is the graphic just Minnesota?

  • TBH

    I can’t speak for this year as my ballot is in, but it is my first time voting in a non-Presidential year.

    As far as being a non-voter in 2014 and 2010…I don’t really know why? I probably could have came up with a lame excuse at the time 4 and 8 years ago, but I struggle to explain my rationale from years past. Maybe I did not think one vote would make a differrence? I’m happy that my thought process evolved on this topic. I definitely hope that a future (tomorrow) non-voter uses their voice in this thread.

  • lusophone

    Most, if not all, Newcut readers are engaged citizens. Probably not going to get too many answers to your question. Maybe people are disengaged and are just in survival mode and don’t see much beyond that day to day struggle. These are, in fact, the people who really need to make their vote count.

    I bet a lot of people also feel that nothing changes regardless of who is in charge of the country/state/city. To me it sometimes feels like the people who are really in charge aren’t elected.

  • 20181105

    i’m not proud of not voting but from what i found and know, voter information/data is public record and that doesn’t work for my circumstances

    • Yafa

      There is a Safe at Home program in MN so only someone in the Secretary of State’s office has a record of you getting a ballot and voting. Your local city/county does not have your name or address or keep a voting record for you. The city/county just gets a nameless Safe at Home ballot envelope approved and forwarded by someone in the Secretary of State’s Office.

      Safe at Home is a statewide address confidentiality program administered by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.
      It is governed by Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 5B and Minnesota Rules Chapter 8290.

      Safe at Home is designed to help people who fear for their safety
      maintain a confidential address. Many times program participants are survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

  • Karl Crabkiller

    I live in Mexico – to vote in Minn. I need to apply for an absentee ballot – receive the ballot via email, print the ballot and envelope. “Create” the mailing envelope by cutting and taping the envelope template. Then I need to hand deliver the completed ballot to a US. consulate office in Guadalajara or Mexico City (a 5 hour drive one way) – pass through consulate security. I did this for the 2016 election but am skipping this election…maybe in 2020 try again..

  • Shawna Nelson

    I stopped voting after the last primary. I felt as if the candidacy would be sold to the highest bidder, and my belief was only further reinforced when Trump won. My vote doesn’t matter.

  • Shawna Nelson

    This is not Shawna but her bf posting. So send disagreements to her “idiot BF” and not her.

    I refuse to vote.

    Reason 1) the electoral college; the popular vote has been overturned by the electoral college five times. “We the people” do not in any way elect the president. We vote for those who get to vote for the president. Our representatives that make up the electoral college vote directly for the president. So why should I vote?

    2) I’m a lefty, so obviously I can’t vote for Republicans. I voted for Obama in 08′, The Democrats after that election held the majority in congress, the senate, and of course occupied the white house. Remember all the “progressive reform” we got? Me neither….
    The Obama administration was an extension of Bush the lesser’s policies with a dash of eloquence. So why vote for either major party??

    3) As a military veteran I am now adamantly against war. Is there a candidate that’s anti-war? Oh absolutely, just not a Democrat or Republican. But D’s and R’s make it nearly impossible to allow any other options. Which brings me to reason number

    4)Prior to the electoral process being controlled by D’s and R’s it was controlled by the Women’s League of American Voters. This organization made it easier for third party and independent candidates to have a chance at running for president. However, after Ross Perot scared the bejeezus out of the establishment they decided to prevent that from ever happening again so they-The Democrats and Republicans- took control of the electoral process themselves. They have changed the requirements so that no party other than a D or R will ever really have a shot. Sounds like both major parties don’t really like Democracy to me.

    5) Both parties are completely captured and beholden to their lobbyists and campaign donors. Not you and I. So why vote for them.

    6) We’ve been voting in the United States for over 200 years now. Look at where it’s got us. Think any result in this election cycle is going to fix our mathematically ludicrous debt, bring paying jobs to the US, stop any wars, protect the environment, transition to clean energy? Nah. I an’t voting

    Ok, if I do vote it will be a protest vote. Green Party, Socialist Party, Libertarian party. As for D’s and R’s, they’ve given me all the proof I need to never voter for either one again.


    Shawna’s BF

    • Robyn Hudalla

      “If I do vote…” You stated the reason everyone should vote weather you like the two party system or not, third party is a vote that means something as well.

  • Brock Samson

    The problem of driving while distracted or under the influence could be solved if we required all cars to have a system that would safely pull the car over if you were driving dangerously. My vote will not pass a law to do that. My vote will not elect a person who will pass that law. This is a small example. My vote might be able to help humanity manage its waste, but really only if not doing so would kill us. That is not really a system anyone should be proud of. Do I have a better system? No. That is not my job. I should not even be allowed to pick the people who’s job it is to design the system, because that is a difficult job that most of us are not even close to qualified for. Can I vote to upgrade the system? No. If I vote for a third party, the person I don’t want to win, wins. Well what if everyone wants to upgrade the system, then it gets upgraded right? Yes. Does me voting speed that eventuality up or slow it down? That’s why I don’t vote.

  • The Resistance

    I vote, but am curious why others don’t. I asked one of my coworkers why she doesn’t vote. Her answer was that after Hillary won the popular vote and Trump won the presidency it became clear to her that the system is fixed. It’s hard to argue against that.

    It doesn’t explain why she hasn’t voted in other elections, but I think gerrymandering, the electoral college, voter suppression (there’s only one polling place in all of Dodge City, KS pop 27,000, 50+% Hispanic), foreign meddling, the 24 hour news cycle, and money in politics have all played a part in alienating voters.

    We’ve done very little to strengthen republican democracy; most of us just assume it’s our birthright.

  • CB

    I briefly thought about not voting this year, mostly after the Kavanaugh fiasco. My takeaway from that was that as a woman, my voice doesn’t matter, that politics is a game for rich & powerful men. Another increasingly strong reason for not voting I’ve heard is that the US government is and has been a vessel of oppression for many people, and voting is buying into that system, merely perpetuating a system that prioritizes property rights over human rights. As mentioned above, neither major party really has an interest in reforming the government to protect the rights of the lowest, the poorest, the most in need.

  • Nick Hughes

    Roses comments have to be the dumbest and most cynical bunch of drivle Ive ever read. Not voting leads to Donald Trump and to act like that doesnt matter is lunacy.