Humans of the Dub: Election Day


Photograph by McKenzie Rankin, Humans of the Dub

McKenzie Rankin, Humans of the Dub - Staff

Are you going to vote on November 6th?

I have not voted yet, but I am on the verge of voting. I did not vote in the 2016 election, and I was of age, but my whole thing was I was going to vote green party or independent so I felt like a vote in that area was equal to not voting by process of elimination. And maybe I’m just making excuses or justifying it which I feel like a lot of people do. But I just feel as a person who also is about to leave North Carolina, my opinions on a lot of the things that North Carolinians might care about- I mean- it is my opinion. I do live here. But I’m about to move in three months, so is it really worth it?

So you didn’t vote in the presidential election in 2016?

I did not vote in the presidential election. I’m not well informed, and that’s completely on me. I don’t really want to be informed. I think a lot of the political climate right now is very toxic. Two, I’m moving soon so I don’t think my vote should carry a lot of weight in the sense of me missing anything to go vote or having to restructure my day to vote for some place that it’s not really going to affect me in the long term.

Why don’t you want to be informed?

Maybe it’s just me hanging on to my youth, but I feel like it’s just like I don’t care and I don’t want to care and I feel like for the most part, especially for the 2016 election it was like, ‘Okay, how is this going to affect me as a white male, cis-gendered…’

Yeah, but don’t you think you should vote so people who aren’t like you aren’t affected as much?

Exactly. That’s a good point. See, never thought of it that way. Yeah, maybe my views are problematic. They probably are. But my big thing is I don’t really have anything in the fire that is really based on me voting. I feel like it is a right, I mean I might sound like a meninist but you do have the right to freedom of speech, to bear arms, you have all your rights, and I have the right to not vote just as much of a right to vote. And I get that it is important to be involved in your communities, be involved in your elections, be an informed consumer. And I agree with all of that, and generally, I would say I am. I think my big thing is with the whole political spectrum. I don’t think it is healthy to give my time of day to people who, for the most part, are not very outstanding citizens.