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The 'no' vote: Who are the millions who don't participate in elections?


They are either busy, fed up or disillusioned. 90 million Americans could vote in November's election, but won't.

That's according to a USA today/Suffolk University poll of people who are eligible to vote but won't.

You can't call them undecided, call them unlikely.

"I really have no interest in voting. Out of the President and Mitt Romney, I don't really like either," said Meighan Castagneto who is not voting this November.

These "non-voters" are a diverse group that cites all kinds of reasons for why they won't vote, but in the poll the same top reasons kept coming up.

They aren't moved enough by either candidate. Nothing ever gets done anyway, and the number one reason goes to "I'm just too busy."

"Sometimes I feel like the voting process is maybe not effective, even if I vote my ideas are not going to get through," said Quincia Herrera.

UAH Political Science Professor Dr. Andree Reeves believes that's exactly why their ideas don't get through.

"Unless they are involved, the candidates shouldn't have to speak to them and they won't worry about them and unless they are involved they are not going to cater to you," said Reeves.

Even in 2008, when turnout was the highest in any presidential election since 1960, almost 80 million eligible citizens didn't vote.

In Madison County, for the 2008 election, only 70% of registered voters showed up. That doesn't count the thousands of people who could register but don't.

Reeves believes we're in the midst of a highly partisan atmosphere which would typically be a driving force to get people to the polls but it's having a different effect leading into this election.

"What's going on now, I don't know but maybe people are tired of it and people just aren't excited or they are not scared enough yet," added Reeves.

"I don't think it's my place to vote because I haven't kept up with it enough," said 18 year-old Mohammad Rabah

The USA today poll, a majority of the unlikely voters said they backed President Obama.

If they were to actually turn-out, it could turn a too-close-to call race into a landslide for the president.

However, according to Reeves a new wave of state's passing voter ID laws may swing results.

"Those voter ID laws tend to effect groups heavily that vote more democratic than they do republican," said Reeves.

Either way, it goes back to the old adage, you can't complain, if you don't vote.

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