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Youngsters: Does not being able to vote frustrate you? When did you become politically aware enough that you yearned to vote?

Asked by EmpressPixie (14728points) August 29th, 2008

I’ve always been politically interested and active, but I think I always took not being able to vote in stride. Now that I’m older, I would be so frustrated not being able to vote. How do you feel about it?

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delirium's avatar

I, too, have always been quite politically active and interesting, but I really didn’t take not being able to vote well. It was always frustrating to watch uneducated older voters get to participate when a very educated potential-voter isn’t allowed. (Though no matter how much I kvetch, I respect the system.)

I think the reason that it made me so upset is that my birthday falls within the month of November.

cak's avatar

lol…well, I’m not a that young – but I’ve been politically aware since I was about 13. I was very frustrated in not being able to vote.

It really bothered me when I figured out that (some) people with the ability to vote, didn’t and that other people just went with the most popular person. Very frustrating.

MacBean's avatar

It drove me BONKERS when I was younger, for the reasons that delirium gave. “It was always frustrating to watch uneducated older voters get to participate when a very educated potential-voter isn’t allowed.”

When I was a senior in high school, my Government/Economics teacher was the local registrar. On the morning of my 18th birthday, the moment the school doors opened I ran up the stairs three at a time to his classroom and demanded a voter registration form. I filled it out standing up and handed it right back to him. I’d been DYING to vote since I was eight years old (the ‘92 presidential election).

Darknymph's avatar

I always wanted to vote but now, no.

glitterrrrfish's avatar

I’m 16 now but I really wanted to vote when I was 11. Its less appealing to me now just because I think of the long process of registering and things like that. I have my parents to vote for me for now

lefteh's avatar

When I was five, my mom asked me if I wanted to go vote with her.
Her intention was to let me pull the lever. I thought that I was going to be able to vote. I threw a hissy fit at the polling place and started blabbering about how I knew more about the candidates than anybody else there. A very confused old man offered me an “I Voted Today” sticker, which I returned to him at a considerably higher velocity.

So yes, I’ve been frustrated for quite some time now….

AxSqrd's avatar

Every since Obama.

@ MacBean > I agree how we know more than the actual voters, and it isn’t fair how they abuse their right to vote.

Bri_L's avatar

@lefteh and @ AxSgrd – I will admit that you both have more information and knowledge than I about the candidates even though I can vote. So I am appreciative of the fact that you share your knowledge here.

I would ad that I do seek other sources to try and make a well informed decision but you all seem to be more on top than I can manage right now, so again, thanks!

lefteh's avatar

You do a phenomenal job compared to many.

Remember, there are still people who think Obama is Muslim.

Vincentt's avatar

I’m 18 years old now, so at the next elections here I finally get to vote. I’ve been waiting for that for a long, long time :)

Anyway, I’ve decided quite long ago what I’m going to vote. Unfortunately, I’m not as excited as I used to be anymore because I know of so many people that do not really seem to care. I wouldn’t consider not voting though.

emilyrose's avatar

@glitterrrrfish —it’s actually pretty fast to register to vote so don’t let that deter you! You can even do it when you renew your license.

The first time I got to vote for president (2000 of all years, sheesh!!) I woke up early and went before class because I was so excited. I still really enjoy voting. I forgot to vote in one election here in CA and I know a ton of people who also forgot to vote in that one. It was one of the elections where not much was going on. No local offices to vote for or anything. I had a night class that ended after the polls closed. Oops.

AxSqrd's avatar

I just heard about McCain’s move to make the Alaskan governor his running mate. Too bad her unmarried teenage daughter is pregnant!!!

emilyrose's avatar

yeah and she is an evangelical!!

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