What Happens If You Don't Vote?

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In the United States, citizens who do not vote do not get their voices heard in elections. While unfavorable laws may be written and corrupt politicians might take office, there is no penalty for not voting.

Voting is one of the cornerstones to a representative democracy, such as the United States, but the last time over 60 percent of the population turned up to vote for the presidential election was in 1968.

While voting advocates claim that those who do not vote have no right to complain about the outcome of elections, many members of society do not vote because they believe the system is flawed. They believe that there is little to no difference between Democrats and Republicans, and they do not vote because there is a slim chance that a third-party candidate can win an election.