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Andrew David Byers Anthropology 2010 S01 November 26, 2012 Americans and Voting: Where is everyone?
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Before I started to interview people I tried to think of who, out of the people I know, have an opinion and the skills to word their thoughts and feelings. Once I decide on the ones that I could interview I set about obtaining their answers to what they thought were questions on why people don’t vote in the United States of America. Before interviewing each person I made sure to note professions and demographics. After actually getting each participant to agree to an interview on something like this I proceeded. I had five participants: Matthew Deakins (will be referred to as Matt) who is a Full time student at MTSU for psychology, he has a part time job, and he is white and a self-defined “Ominist”. David Byers (referred to as Dave) is a telecommunications and networking specialist for the bureau of personnel management, He is Retired United States Air Force, he resides in Pennsylvania, and he is a Mormon. Kelly Schemp (Kelly from here on out) is a high school senior who has an interest in politics she is white lives in Ohio and is Christian. Logan Barnes (Barnes) is about to start his first semester of college he is 21 and he is from Las Vegas, he is a White Mormon. Jennifer Byers (Jenni) majored in biological anthropology, she is a registered Nurse and works at the VA, and she is a White Mormon.
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I began each interview with the very simple “Why is it that you think people do not vote?” Matt said he believed it was because people believe that their vote has absolutely no impact on the results of any of the things of which they would be voting for. Dave said that it is because people just generally don’t care. They don’t care enough to vote, they don’t care enough to be informed. He believes that, and the fact that they don’t believe their vote matters. Kelly decided to ask “Why should they, their vote doesn’t really matter in the end anyway. The Electoral College prevents the use of free democracy!” I asked how that was true. The Electoral College gave the states a voice. She stated that each person should be counted not each state, when we split by state we are doing nothing more than splitting the country.
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