Should I vote?

I Asked My Peers The Real Reason They Don't Vote And These Are The 9 Things They Said

So why do people choose not to vote at all?


Is voting something that is important to you? Having the right to vote is one of the most important rights that we have in the United States. Even though many of us are eligible to vote, younger generations consistently have younger turnout in the polls than older generations. With this being a reoccurring trend, I began to wonder why this is the case.

I asked many people why they choose not to vote in elections and this is what they had to say.

1. "The major topics discussed right now in politics are ones that I do not resonate with."


"I wish we could be talking less about immigrants coming into the U.S. and more about environmental issues and finding ways to lower education costs."

2. "I have a hard time voting because I feel like my vote doesn't matter."


"My one vote just won't make a difference in the grand scheme of things. Why should I vote if I feel like my voice isn't being heard? I wish I felt like my vote mattered more."

3. "I don't know much about politics."


"Even with technology constantly at our fingertips, I still don't feel confident that I am very knowledgeable when it comes to political issues. I don't spend enough time keeping up with the news, but I know that I should."

4. "I don't know who to vote for."


"No matter what stories and news I see, I'm not sure what to believe is true. Almost every media outlet is biased and spends time and effort trying to make their audiences agree with what they are saying. How am I supposed to know who to trust?"

5. "I don't align one hundred percent with any political party."


"This is one of the biggest challenges for me because it seems like I can either only pick to vote Republican or Democratic and that anything else is not normal. I feel pressure to choose either one or the other like it's us versus them and vice versa. I wish politics wasn't so divided."

6. "Old white men."


"They aren't going to vote in my best interest and they don't understand what my needs are. If there were younger individuals that I could resonate with I would be more inclined to vote."

7. "I dislike both of the candidates."


"I'd rather see what happens during the elections. I don't want to have to pick the lesser of two evils. When it came to the 2016 presidential election, I feel no need to choose either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump because I wished neither of them would get elected."

8. "The process of voting takes way too long."


"I hate the idea of having to wait in line forever. I heard about how much a pain waiting in the long lines can be in polling places. I can't afford to miss class or get off of work to stand in line for hours."

9. "Sometimes I feel like all politicians are corrupt."


"I can't bring myself to trust any of them. I wish there was a way I could know who is trustworthy and ethical, but it seems impossible to know for sure."

These reasons for not voting are understandable. The decision to vote or not is a personal choice, but voting is a right we have in the United States that many people in the world do not have. Go ahead and educate yourself on important topics as well as use a variety of sources to receive news. Despite the assumption that your voice doesn't matter, it truly does, You can make your voice heard.

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Austin Alexander Burridge, Volunteer Advocate, Shares 3 Great Reasons to Volunteer and Help Others

Austin Alexander Burridge is an avid academic who studies Environmental Science at Winona State University and believes that work in the service of others is a key pillar to personal development.


Sometimes it's easy for someone to adopt a "me, me, me" attitude. While focusing on oneself, a person may feel nice in the moment, but serving and helping others will bring lasting benefits. While there are many great reasons to serve and help others, there are three universal truths that resonate with volunteers around the globe.

Austin Alexander Burridge's 3 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Accomplishment

Often, people fall into a trap of focusing on themselves when they are feeling down. Maybe someone did not get a job they wanted. Or perhaps a person gets dumped by an expected lifelong companion. Maybe someone feels they have underachieved after looking at Facebook and seeing great things a high school classmate has accomplished. When feeling down, helping others is a proven way to improve one's mood and attitude, and it can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment. The act of giving to those in need is an inherently good action and leaves people with a wonderful feeling of joy.

2. Gratitude

One can become more appreciative of life by serving others that have less. Whether volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the elderly at an assisted living center, or helping families after a natural disaster, service enables people to be grateful for what they have. Seeing people who have fewer advantages, especially those who are spirited and thankful for small things, allows one to realize just how fortunate he/she is in life.

3. Friendships

Volunteering is a great way to build meaningful friendships, not only with other volunteers but also with those who are served. One of the most profound and fascinating aspects of these relationships is how volunteers will learn from those served and vice versa. As these special bonds are built, they lead to impactful connections that last for years to come.

Of course, these are just a few reasons to volunteer and serve others. One can never go wrong by helping others as opposed to merely focusing on oneself. Volunteering invariably and inevitably contributes to personal growth, development, and satisfaction.

About Austin Alexander Burridge: Helping others has been of paramount importance to Austin, and as a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Austin gave back to the community around him. He also has participated in annual peanut butter drives, The Minnesota Sandwich Project for the Homeless and collected canned goods for local food shelters. Additionally, Austin has a passion for the environment, which he pursued when visiting the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and the Amazon Rain Forest while studying at the School of Environment Studies, which investigates ecological systems and their sustainability

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American Or Christian?

Can you really be both?


This is a thought that has lingered in my mind for a very long time.

Personally, I hate news and politics. It's depressing and it seems like both parties (and people in general) just don't get it. Political conversation gets on my ever-loving nerves and literally gets me down in the dumps for the day.

I just simply don't watch it anymore. There is too much negativity.

That doesn't mean that I am uniformed. I am not advocating for ignorance or anything like that. I prefer to read and figure out my information from sites "in the middle."

As I was eating dinner with my wife the other day we started talking about the new Abortion laws in Alabama and Georgia. As a Christ-follower and a staunch defender of Biblical inerrant, I detest abortion.

Before you read any farther, you must understand something: This article is not about my defense of my beliefs regarding hot topics like abortion or homosexuality. I do not have the time to write about said topics now. I am just asking you to accept what I believe for the sake of the article.

But, anyway, these abortion bills. I can make a pretty good case that they are Constitutional because they are protecting the Life (one of the Rights given to American Citizens) from others. Yes, I know the arguments against said point but continue with me please.

This led our conversation to talk about Homosexual marriage, something that I am against as well. And not just because of Leviticus but because of the New Testament as well.

But, shaking my head, I said something that my wife seemed to agree with:

"As a Christian, I know it's wrong and I cannot agree with it. As an American, I see no reason why it should be illegal. Unless your choices infringe someone's Rights, you should be free to do what you wish (technically speaking)."

This is my dilemma. Well, actually it's not a dilemma. I know that I am a Christian before I am an American. I love this country greatly, and I know how blessed I am to be born here. For all the hate this country gets (and some of it is deserved) and all the problems we have (and we have a lot), we are shoulders above other countries in many ways. I am so thankful for all the men and women who have served to protect me and keep me safe. I'm thankful for a lot of things. And I am proud to be an American.

But my identity in Christ comes first. This is why I do not get into politics much. I don't really care at the end of the day. Because while America has been blessed, we still have work to do here. And this is not my forever home. This is not where I will spend eternity.

I try and respect everyone's opinions, and I earnestly try to love everyone, even when they trash and disrespect my beliefs and convictions. But I must put my call to Christ about anything that has to do with this nation. I will pray for ALL our leaders because I was told to do so (I prayed for President Obama when he was in office). And I will be here to support this nation. But I cannot put it above Christ's commands.

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