Politics & Media
Apr 14, 2008, 12:58PM

Why You Should Stay Home on Election Day

Would better voter turnout really be that great for our democracy? Arizonan Taylor Kessinger doesn't think so. From The Wildcat.

"A few weeks ago, I had the distinct displeasure of speaking with an old friend who told me that she intends to vote for Sen. John McCain in November.

Her reasoning? Something along the lines of "Come on, seriously. A woman? Or a guy named Barack? Hell no." Just a few days later, I heard the same sentiment echoed by another friend.

This intensely scientific and statistically significant study of two people demonstrates conclusively that democracy does not work. OK, maybe it doesn't. But many of us continue to vote for reasons that aren't much better than the ones my friends gave.

The real culprit here is the notion it is patriotic to vote. For many in this country, the right to vote is not simply that - it is a moral imperative. Following this logic, raising voter turnout is the best way to ensure that our country is as democratic as can be; moreover, if you don't vote, you waive your right to complain about the way the country turns out for the next few years. On the far end of the spectrum, if you believe P. Diddy, your only two options are to vote or to die.



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