JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- While 60,000 absentee ballots are being counted by the Duval County Supervisor of Elections office, and more than twice that have already voted at early voting precincts, 20 percent of Duval County registered voters will sit out this election. Some of those may have moved away since the books closed about a month ago.
"In reality, you are still talking probably close to 100,000 people who will not participate in this race, and you really have to ask sometimes why. It's always disappointing," said Jerry Holland, supervisor of elections for Duval County.
Lori Stephens, 50, has voted in every Presidential election since she was 18, and says it is one of our greatest gifts we have as Americans, the right to select our leaders.
"I think it is unfortunate the amount of people you are telling me can't vote or won't vote. I think it is sad. So I wish we could do something about it," Stephens said.
Political science professor Dr. Marcella Washington says it takes dedication and work to participate in democracy and some will never participate.
"I think many of them use the escape that government is going to take care of itself no matter what I do, things are going to go along they are going, government is corrupt, my vote doesn't count, one vote is not going to make any difference, a general sense of apathy,"
Tandaleah Rasheed has lived in Jacksonville more than 3 years and has never switched her voter registration from New York. she isn't voting and may give us one clue to why people don't vote.
"I choose not to vote because I don't believe the politicians will follow through on what they say, that's why ... " Rasheed said.
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