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  •  Fear of The Man (none)
    Do not underestimate some groups' (valid) fear of authority figures. Registering and voting has the "Big Brother is watching you" constituency nervous: to do it means getting your name in the system, etc.

    For people who are trying to get any state social services, government oversight in their lives is already much higher than most middle-class people have to deal with. This kind of "we've coordinated our records and we're watching you" threat is just what some are suspicious of/afraid of already. If you're afraid you'll get kicked off aid, and you're not convinced a different elected official will be much better, how much of a fuss are you going to make to cast one vote?

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