Millennials Explain Why They’re Not Voting: ‘I Hate Mailing Stuff. It Gives Me Anxiety.’


In an article published Tuesday, apparently the culmination of months of interviews with select Millennials who don’t plan on voting in the midterms, 12 “young people” described the hassle of voting, the difficulty of mailing envelopes, the problems inherent in online voter registration, and, of course, the violence inherent in the “system.”

Samantha, age 22, isn’t voting because “2016 was such a disillusioning experience,” she’s crushed and can’t bring herself to believe her vote counts because her chosen candidate lost. She’s waiting for a “full progressive candidate.” She has a ballot sitting at home because she asked for absentee ballots the last time she voted, but she’s not mailing it in. She calls herself an “informed nonvoter.”

Reese, 23, is “borderline socialist” or was, she’s not super sure. “Talking of voting” is “really big” in her circle of friends, but she just can’t bring herself to do it.

Tim, age 27, does not understand how the post office works. “I tried to register for the 2016 election, but it was beyond the deadline by the time I tried to do it. I hate mailing stuff; it gives me anxiety.” He also has “ADHD” which he says makes it impossible to vote because the “payoff is far off in the future or abstract.” His friends have told him that’s “irresponsible,” but he does not care. – READ MORE

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