When the Intelligencer set out to find out why Millennials aren’t voting in the 2018 midterm elections, they probably expected to learn that the Democratic and Republican Parties are equally unappealing, or that not everyone is lucky enough to be able to vote for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
What they probably didn’t expect to discover was that Millennials are equal parts lazy and apathetic, and will take any excuse to avoid doing their civic duty.
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.” . . .
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 from “Millennials Explain Their Ridiculous Reasons for Not Voting” HERE)