Cast your eyes on this…

If you’re reading this article on Tuesday, Nov. 4, then you still have time. After that date, well, I hope you did. If not, shame on you.
I’m talking about voting.
I know, I know, I’ve heard every excuse in the book. It’s just mind-numbing.
So, with apologies to David Letterman, here’s Buch’s Top Ten Excuses for not voting.
10. My dog ate my ballot.
9. I already voted on American Idol. Isn’t that enough?
8. I can’t find pants.
7. It’s not my fault Election Day and all-you-can-eat pasta at Olive Garden overlap.
6. We can vote in this country?
5. There’s no free Wi-Fi at the polling place.
4. The Boy Meets World marathon JUST started on cable.
3. Still can’t find pants.
2. I’m Canadian.
And the #1 excuse why people don’t vote: “I’m afraid it would come off as pretentious.”
But seriously, folks, check out the latest facts.
Some 78,012,631 Americans vote every two years. But only 49,286,367 of us voted in the presidential election and will skip the midterm, which, by the way, is this go around.
So where on earth are the almost 30 million of us who stay away from polls like they are the plague? I wish I knew.
And get this: the reflex voter, who casts a ballot no matter what, is around 58 years of age. The unreliable voter, who comes out of hiding whenever they decide to, is around 43.
Where are the young people?
This one gets me: When conversing with friends who complain about the way the good ol’ U.S. of A is functioning, my first question is, “Do you vote?”
When I receive a “no,” it leaves me no choice other than to say, “Then, shut up!” You’re a part of the problem, not the overall solution.
Here’s another interesting fact, which of course depends on where your precinct is located, traffic, etc., but, on average, it takes around 30 minutes to vote. That’s coming from your place of origin to your polling location, casting your vote and then going back to where you came from.
Now compare that with the amount of time you spend on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or watching television. A 24-hour day consists of 1,440 minutes. You’d think we could spare 30 of those to vote. Again, you would think.
According to experts on this sort of thing, here are some reasons why voters don’t do their thing.
They think their vote won’t count.
Many Americans don’t vote because they think their vote doesn’t count. This is a common excuse rooted in the belief that, during a presidential race, the Electoral College chooses the President, not the voters. In reality, the popular vote in each state determines which candidate is endorsed for that state. So my friends, your vote does count within your state, and you should get out and do your duty.
They’re too busy.
We the people are just too darn busy. Work, family and other life obligations tend to get in the way of civic duties like voting, but, again, we have time to surf the Web.
Registering is hard.
Voting registration can be confusing, especially for citizens who have moved recently. But registration is actually relatively painless and takes little more than showing identification.
They’re apathetic.
We Americans have a reputation for being apathetic to politics and voting, but politics, in particular, can cause Americans’ eyes to glaze over. Many people don’t like the partisan bickering underlying the voting process, and this is a valid concern.
They have to wait in line.
Voting lines can sometimes be long, and, for busy people, waiting in line is an awful waste of time. But, in reality, voting lines are rarely long, even for high-profile presidential races. Plus, how long do you spend in the fast-food drive-thru?
They don’t like anyone running.
Candidates are sometimes easy to dislike. Flaws are often aired publicly for the entire world to see, and many people generally distrust candidates based on this information. But, even if you don’t particularly like any of the candidates, do you really know them? Take some time and get to know the people running and their stances on issues.
They can’t get there from here.
Getting to the polls can be troublesome, especially for the disabled, the sick and people without transportation. But advocacy groups are making it much easier to get to the polls, even for those with special needs. As a result, claiming you can’t get there is not a very good excuse.
The bottom line: it takes 30 minutes or fewer to vote.
Now where are my pants?
Cheers,
Buch
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