Tuesday, November 06, 2012

A reason not to not vote

You're an American. 

You do not live in a nation where voting is required. 

Your elections are decided by who turns out, with no handicap for those who didn't. 

You live in a nation where the majority of registered voters stay home even for the most pivotal elections.

You are free to complain, regardless of whether or not you vote.

You might not feel especially riveted by your options, but someone with whom you vehemently disagree might be highly motivated.

You may not feel your vote has value, but plenty of nefarious interests see enough worth in your vote to keep you from casting it.

So if you think for a moment today that it's not worth it to vote or that doing so makes you a willing pawn for The System, man, think again. You may not feel your vote has the value you wish to attach to it, but not voting is wasting your voice. It's a voice you aren't under coercion to use, which is precisely why it matters so much.

Your vote may mean little in the grand scheme of things, but your silence means nothing.

1 comment:

GDad said...

I was once again first in line when the polls opened. Unlike many elections in off years, there were about ten people in line when the polls opened.