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People feel disenfranchised. People don’t think their vote makes a difference. I don’t know why. I’m out here every time.—Oscar Murphy, Retired, Roxbury
Because the politicians haven’t been living up to their word. People get discouraged.—Mr. Cobb, Writer/Performer, Roxbury
I think a lot of people assume the big changes are in Washington, D.C. They don’t realize that change starts at the local level. People need to put more emphasis on local politics.—Marianne Munoz, EMT, Dorchester
Voter turnout is low because of the lack of outreach. There’s not enough media attention on the races and candidates lack funding to air their platforms.—Joao DePina, Small Business Owner, Roxbury
No one’s been talking about the election. I don’t hear about the election from my co-workers downtown.—Erin, Anderson, Entrepreneur
One of the reasons is that civics was removed from the Boston Public Schools over 20 years ago. People are also constantly hearing from the media that turnout will be low. —Charles Clemons Muhammad, Community Activist, Roxbury
Why do you think voter turnout is so low in Boston?