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Why do people decide not to exercise their right to vote?

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Joe Cigliano stand sin the voting booth as he casts his ballot at Allesandro Elemantary School on March 5, 2013 in Boyle Heights area Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Why people fail to vote has been question studied for decades. One group of voting researchers even got the US Census bureau to include a question about voting in its surveys.

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Michael Alvarez is a political science professor at Cal Tech, and he's part of the CalTech/MIT Voting Technology Project. They're the group that convinced the Census Bureau to ask that voting question. 


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