EDITOR'S NOTE: CNN has sent dozens of reporters, producers, contributors and correspondents to the key battleground states to cover the final days of the 2012 election. In this post, CNN contributor John Avlon offers his take on one Florida woman who says she won't vote.
(CNN) – The Battleground Bus Tour is hitting Florida's I-4 corridor Wednesday, talking with the swing voters who will decide the winner of the Sunshine State's 29 electoral votes in two weeks.
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And on the first day, we talked with many swing voters who are still thoughtfully weighing the pros and cons of both candidates and we'll be posting some of those online later.
But one conversation really stood out. It was with a young woman in Lakeland named Kayla Williams. She was intelligent, professional and a committed non-voter.
That's right – despite the fact that her vote as a Floridian counts disproportionately in picking the next president of the United States, Kayla doesn't believe in voting. This predictably drew a lot of intense questions from CNN's Ali Velshi and me. Here's the exchange.
Kayla's argument that she was not informed and therefore should not vote is almost persuasive – if you ignore history and perspective. The reality is that every vote matters – especially in Florida, which George W. Bush won by just 537 votes in 2000.
But if you've ever wondered whether some undecided swing state voters are just decided non-voters – well, we found one. You're welcome.
But here's hoping Kayla changes her mind. Because sitting out an election isn't a decision as much as an abdication of responsibility in a democracy. It's taking freedom for granted.