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Why Do People, Who Say They Want To Vote, Not Vote?

No One Knows Anything, BuzzFeed's politics podcast, investigates.

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It's Turn Up To Vote week at BuzzFeed.

At No One Knows Anything, BuzzFeed's politics podcast, we set out to find out why people who want to vote end up not voting.

The answer can be complicated. Sometimes the rules surrounding voter registration are too hard to follow. Sometimes people get nervous about government forms. Sometimes it's like making a dentist appointment — you know you want to do it but you end up not doing it.

On the podcast, we found two sisters — Anabel and Elle Abarca — who couldn't be more different when it comes to voting. Anabel works in politics. She registers people to vote as part of her job in Chicago. She thinks about voting all the time. Elle lives in New York. She cares about politics, but she's never voted.

We talked to both sisters. And Elle registered to vote.

Listen to the full episode of No One Knows Anything and subscribe on iTunes.

And head to buzzfeed.turbovote.org to register, check if you're registered, change your address, or sign up for email and text alerts.

Evan McMorris-Santoro is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News.

Contact Evan McMorris-Santoro at evan@buzzfeed.com.

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