Five Reasons Why I Vote, and You Should Too
The older I get, the less surprised I am by human behavior. Even though I cannot say exactly why, there are two things that surprise and disappoint me the most. The first is the number of people who, for whatever reasons, die intestate (without having made a will). Unfortunately, many of my relatives, close friends, acquaintances, and other people who look like me, cannot seem to find time to take care of this most basic personal and legal business necessity. The second equally inexplicable surprise to me is the number of people who believe voting, in any election—primary or general, local, or national—is useless. Whether in the case of completing a will or voting, research suggests that increasing numbers of educated (or degreed) people are abstaining in increasing numbers from one or both of these basic activities.
Originally published: October 24, 2022
Author: Charlie Nelms
Position: Chancellor Emeritus
Institution: North Carolina Central University
Published by: Diverse Issues in Higher Education