Does voting in Georgia in the presidential election matter?
Whether they're apathetic, or just inexperienced, many people who are eligible to vote won't make it to the polls during next month's presidential election.
"My vote really doesn't count," said Kia Graham, a Mercer University Sophomore.
"I do think it does count, I've just never done it," said Dustin Frank, a 21-year-old from Macon.
With Georgia almost certainly leaning toward republican nominee Mitt
Romney during next month's presidential election, and the electoral college likely giving him all of the states votes, does voting really make a difference?
Mercer University Political Science Professor Lori Johnson says yes.
"If you don't vote than your voice and your opinions don't really count," Johnson said.
Johnson says even though the electoral college reduces the weight of a single vote, people can still influence policy and make their voices heard.
"Most people who are braves fans, are going to be braves fans even when they lose, but they go to show their support, and that's what voting is about," Johnson said.
Aside from just participating in democracy, Johnson says voting is a responsibility, especially for people of certain groups that haven't always had the right.
"People have fought and died in order to give us the right to vote, especially for women and minorities it didn't come easily, and so it's part of our responsibilities as citizens." Johnson said.
But for many people, getting out to the polls is still going to be an uphill battle.
"I don't want to go and vote for somebody, i don't know where they stand in the United States," Graham said.
"My moms [sic] never done it, my dads [sic] never done it, so i haven't even grown up around a family that paid close attention to it," said Frank.