Obama shuts down the 7 biggest excuses for not voting

Former U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the 16th Nelson Mandela annual lecture, marking the centenary of the anti-apartheid leader's birth, in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 17, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko - RC14E8E12850

Barack Obama just shut down all those ‘valid’ lame excuses you keep so very close to your heart.

He called out some of the weakest reasons that people chose to abstain from voting with these excellent responses.

And believe me, they are both entertaining and informative.

1. I don’t care about politics.

Look, I don’t care about Pokemon but that doesn’t mean that it won’t keep coming back.
When you opt out it allows others to essentially fill that void.
It allows them to do nothing about the things that you’d like to see the government do.

2. I can’t relate to the candidates.

For way, too long politicians haven’t been representative of America as a whole but that is changing this year.
More women are running for office than ever before.
More LGBT+ candidates are running for office.
First-time candidates. Young veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Young leaders from across the political spectrum.

3. My vote doesn’t matter.

The last presidential election turned on fewer than 100,000 votes in three states. More people go to Coachella.
By the way, you wouldn’t let your grandparents pick your playlist so why would you let them pick a representative who’s going to determine your future.

4. Midterms are boring.

Elections aren’t boring. You know what’s boring?
Scrolling through endless pictures of your dinner on Instagram. That’s boring.

5. I am uninformed.

There are people running for office who don’t think that women should get equal pay at work.
Who don’t think that we should do anything about schools getting shot up or people who don’t think we should raise the minimum wage for people who are working their tails off every day and still can’t afford to pay the rent.
You can’t use Google to figure out which of your local candidates think the Earth is flat and who think that climate change is a hoax? Google is super easy to read.

6. I don’t know where I’m supposed to vote.

Do you know your address? If you do, go to vote.org, plug in your address and it’ll tell you where you can vote.
It’s that simple.

7. I don’t have time to vote.

I understand that it’s not always easy to find time to vote on a Tuesday.
That’s why in every state you can get an absentee ballot which you can mail in or drop off, ahead of the election date.
In 37 states, you can actually vote early, which is like going to a private Jay-Z and Beyonce concert but without Jay-Z and Beyonce.

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