10 Absolutely Valid Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Exercise The Power Of Your Vote

Posted by Youth Ki Awaaz in #JetSetVote
August 1, 2017
Facebook logoEditor’s Note: With #JetSetVote, Youth Ki Awaaz and Facebook India have come together to create a community of millennials who are aware and informed about their voter rights and responsibilities, through a series of workshops organised in collaboration with PRIA across 50 campuses. If you're a student, teacher or admin member, register your college to organise a fun session!

If you are a first-time voter (or will become one soon), you may still remember those school lessons about how important voting was to the health of a democracy. Your teacher may have even said stuff like ‘practice your franchise’ when you become ‘eligible to vote’. But if all of that sounded like just plain fancy talk to you, you’re not the only one.

The truth is, though, that when it comes to going out there to vote, a huge fraction of our population doesn’t seem interested in exercising this power. Did you know, for example, that voter turnout in Lok Sabha elections has hovered around 55-66% since Independence? But let’s talk about what’s going on with youth like you and me. Until 2014, the turnout of first-time-voters (18-22 years) in the General Elections remained lower than the national average voter turnout. It seems everyone has an excuse to NOT vote! Several excuses, actually.

Team YKA decided to run those bahanas under our scanners and see whether you – the millennial voter – have a legit reason to steer clear of that polling booth. As solid as you think your excuses are, we’ve got a counter for each one of ’em, and by the end of this we think you just might be ready to #JetSetVote!

Choose an excuse for not voting.

What am I, a tree? I moved away from my constituency 🙄
Yaar, my polling booth is too far! 🚀
Ain't nobody got time for those looooong queues! 😴
Some jerk stole my wallet and I lost my voter card 🙁
Filling those forms = way too much running around!🏃🏃🏃
I'm leaving on a jet plane; gonna study/work/live in 'the foreign' ✈
All this new-fangled equipment (EVM) looks way too complicated 😩
Elections are for powerful people. Not really important for aam janta like me 🙁
What good is my residence proof when I live in a hostel now? 🙄
I don't even know the names of the candidates! 😒
My vote probably doesn't matter much 😞

Got an excuse that’s not in the list? Post your excuse in the comments, and we’ll see if we can help you with it. Happy voting for the next elections!