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Why People Don't Vote

Since low voter turnout is a concern for any election, it is important to know the reasons that people give for not voting. Many surveys and studies have collected these reasons, and the information below organizes them into categories and provides information to respond when people tell us they don't intend to vote. Where possible, we point out differences among states, and additional links are provided for further information. We will address each of the four main categories and the specific reasons that fall under each.

Part 1 - "I Can't Vote"
Part 2 - "It's Too Hard"
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