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Tenants - Are You Ready To Vote?

It’s the first of the month and I tend to talk to many of my tenants – mostly because they call to let me know when rent is coming and to check in to let me know if anything at the property needs some work.

I also tend to check in on my tenants lives, their kids, jobs – and this weekend – asked, “Are you ready to vote?”  I think I am surprised, but not really, when most of the tenants said one of two things, “No – I’m not registered.” Or, “No, I don’t vote.”

Did a little research and read an article that indicated 90 million people don’t vote – for a variety of reasons.  Going a little further, I researched demographics.  And renters are a group of people who vote less than others.   According to studies, renters don’t vote for many reasons:

They forget to register when they move!

Tenants move more than homeowners – they are very mobile – often moving to different cities/states and less likely to become involved with the town politics.

Tenants represent the younger demographics – and in 2008, according to reports, only 51% of those between the ages of 18 and 29 voted.

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the income of tenants is about half that of a homeowner and low-income citizens register and vote at lower rates than homeowners.

Tenants tend to also have lower education than homeowners, according to the US census data that correlate with voting trends.

So – are you ready to vote?!

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Comment balloon 5 commentsGabrielle Kamahele Rhind • November 05 2012 03:39AM


I wonder why they do not spend money on getting these people to register to vote .

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 6 years ago

Very interesting. I think this year will see a large turn out of voters based on the long lines I have seen around the early polling places. Have a great day!

Posted by Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor (Atlanta Communities) almost 6 years ago

I'm thinking that we're going to see a record turnout in this election!  I voted early.

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) almost 6 years ago

That is a tough question to ask a tenant? We need to let them know that voting really helps the community and helps decide issues that effect them and where their rent will go. Up or down

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) almost 6 years ago

Anyone that lives in the US knows all about voting and you can remind them, show them or fix stupid. I am tired of everyone claiming they couldn't vote or son't know how. All my kids were shown how to vote when they turned 18 and were carried to the voting booth at early ages.

They should lock people up when they vote illegally because it usually (always ) means they have broken many laws I am sure.

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) almost 6 years ago

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