Are you worried about low voter turnout? People have fought and died for the right to vote, but Americans don’t show up in numbers that indicate they all appreciate the right, and duty, to vote.
Since low voter turnout is a concern for our elections, it is important to address the reasons that people give for not voting. Many media articles, surveys and studies have collected these reasons, but no one shows us how to respond to these reasons.
We need to honestly acknowledge the flaws in our system that discourage people and have authentic conversations about why and how to vote.
Would you like to know what to say when someone says:
“I can’t vote”
“It’s too hard to vote”
“I don’t know enough” or
“My vote doesn’t matter”
This book organizes nonvoters’ reasons into categories and provides information to provide when people tell us they do not intend to vote. It points out where policies and processes differ among states and provides additional resources for more information. It is a handbook for people who want to encourage voting.
With this guide, those working to increase voter turnout should have tools to respond to people’s reasons for not voting.
Stephen Buckingham is a long-time advocate for people and causes, as an attorney, a
community association representative, and a political activist since the 1960s. He was a “white hat” (nonprofit) lobbyist in Annapolis for healthcare and social justice organizations for twenty years, including representation of the state chapters of the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society in their battles with Big Tobacco, as well as for professional social workers and acupuncturists, and for Free State Justice, the LGBTQ advocacy group, when the state passed its Nondiscrimination Act. As is a founder and Chair of the UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland, his election work is now strictly non-partisan.