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6 Oct, 2008 03:23

U.S. election a big turn-off for many Americans

With U.S.election day – November 4 – rapidly approaching and election fever sweeping the country, there are still some Americans who seem to be less than enthusiastic.

In New York, centre of U.S. fashion and American pop culture, the presidential election has top priority. New York’s fashion statement of the month is to vote. However, some Americans remain deeply sceptical.

Bookshop manager Jeffrey Lewis is among those who won’t cast a ballot next month. “You have a system that's demonstrated again, and again, and again that it's not answerable to the people,” he explained.

Here he’s talking about the U.S. electoral college. A popular vote doesn't pick the president.

Many of those who aren’t going to vote claim it’s their way of protesting.

Others express bitter disappointment in the politicians themselves.

“Once you elect somebody they never do what they originally said they were going to do. The misuse of power which we place in people – it's discouraging,” said Ryan Sario, a New Yorker who won’t be voting this year.

At the same time, officials state that this year will see a record number of voters. That remains to be seen, but America currently ranks 114th in the list of countries’ voter turnout on election day.