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Is it wrong not to vote in an Election?
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Posted 8/15/10
OP: It's not "wrong", but it's not "right". IMO you forfeit all right to piss and moan about who is doing a bad job if you didn't actively do you part to try and get the guy that shares your views the most into whatever office he is running for.

&& Every vote only counts if its a true majority vote. Electoral Colleges(like what the US has), not so much.
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Posted 8/15/10
meh for me theres no point i dont really care
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Posted 8/15/10
I vote independant, to send a message that the two-party monopoly are no good and are in bed with each other most of the time.
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27 / M / Minnesota
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Posted 8/15/10
If they weren't in bed with each other they would be in deadlock 95% of the time and accomplish virtually nothing. :S
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26 / F / Work
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Posted 8/15/10
it's not wrong at all for you NOT to vote ...

BUT do not complain about the laws that's being passed when you are in a disadvantaged.

you don't vote, don't complain (about your position)
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Posted 8/15/10
Every vote counts,I believe its very important so we can help choose the right leaders.
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Posted 8/15/10 , edited 8/16/10
Voting is an option, not a requirement. Pressuring someone to vote would contradict the entire point of upholding free choice, and it's just as barbaric as barring someone from voting, IMO.

Some people just want nothing to do with politics or the majority of other people (like me). I also realize I am misinformed about many things. I have no desire to keep up with everything that's going on as long as I can live my life in peace. It's better for me to not vote than to vote badly. I don't vote. I don't complain either. Changes will come, no matter who wins the election. It is inevitable. Life is full of changes.

Since we are no longer living in ancient Athens, the word 'idiot' more commonly refers to a stupid person in this day and age. Sorry, I don't think I'm an idiot for not voting. I believe people who think voting should be mandatory are just delusional. They are so blinded by the right to choose that they do not see that not choosing is also a valid choice. They selfishly threaten others' rights to free choice by adopting such a mentality.
Posted 8/16/10
My voice is to important not to be heard. Of course I vote, i'm not a nobody.
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What I personally find annoying in this topic is not the fact that some people choose not to vote, but their reasons for not doing so. You say that you're either not interested in politics or want nothing to do with them, but the fact is that if you pay taxes, if you want healthcare, regulations ensuring that the food you eat and the medications you take are safe, universal education, police protection etc. and actually want to live in peace you're involved in politics whether you like it or not. If you don't vote for those reasons then you are simply ignorant and an idiot (in every sense of the word).

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Posted 8/16/10
It's not wrong. If you don't want to vote, there shouldn't be anybody telling you you're doing the wrong thing.

Of course, you also kind of veto the option to complain when the government does things you don't agree with.



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Posted 8/16/10 , edited 8/16/10

SolemnMind wrote:

What I personally find annoying in this topic is not the fact that some people choose not to vote, but their reasons for not doing so. You say that you're either not interested in politics or want nothing to do with them, but the fact is that if you pay taxes, if you want healthcare, regulations ensuring that the food you eat and the medications you take are safe, universal education, police protection etc. and actually want to live in peace you're involved in politics whether you like it or not. If you don't vote for those reasons then you are simply ignorant and an idiot (in every sense of the word).



Taxes, healthcare, regulations, education, police, etc. will not vanish instantly or become unrecognizably altered the moment someone does not vote. The 'every vote counts' thing is pure BS in some cases. It's easy to just vote for a third party that you know won't win. I almost never agree with the main two candidates, so I'd vote for a third party if I were to vote. What would be the difference? Not voting just saves you the gas money and the hassle of having to wait to get into the booths. Stupid voting is also more harmful than not voting.

If you think not voting is horrible and that people shouldn't choose not to vote for these reasons, you should reconsider what you consider 'freedom of choice.' A person can choose to vote for a candidate, or he/she can choose not to vote at all. It's that simple.

Your reasoning may not pair well with the reasoning of others, and in any case, morality is difficult to define and set boundaries for. Different people have different morals, just as different people perceive different 'truths.'
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32 / M / Seattle
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Posted 8/16/10
Yup coz it means you dont care what happens. maybe when it really affects someone then they vote especially that someone is themselves
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Posted 8/16/10 , edited 8/16/10

Morbidhanson wrote:


SolemnMind wrote:

What I personally find annoying in this topic is not the fact that some people choose not to vote, but their reasons for not doing so. You say that you're either not interested in politics or want nothing to do with them, but the fact is that if you pay taxes, if you want healthcare, regulations ensuring that the food you eat and the medications you take are safe, universal education, police protection etc. and actually want to live in peace you're involved in politics whether you like it or not. If you don't vote for those reasons then you are simply ignorant and an idiot (in every sense of the word).



Taxes, healthcare, regulations, education, police, etc. will not vanish instantly or become unrecognizably altered the moment someone does not vote. The 'every vote counts' thing is pure BS in some cases. It's easy to just vote for a third party that you know won't win. I almost never agree with the main two candidates, so I'd vote for a third party if I were to vote. What would be the difference? Not voting just saves you the gas money and the hassle of having to wait to get into the booths. Stupid voting is also more harmful than not voting.

If you think not voting is horrible and that people shouldn't choose not to vote for these reasons, you should reconsider what you consider 'freedom of choice.' A person can choose to vote for a candidate, or he/she can choose not to vote at all. It's that simple.


Like I said I don't mind if people choose not to vote as long as they have a compelling reason not to and quite frankly saving money on gas is not a compelling reason. If you think about it the policies of the person who wins an election could affect gas prices, in which case that reason becomes even more useless. Also, partcipating and supporting a cause you believe in, even if it's a candidate with no chance of winning, is never pointless, it gives you a voice and an opinion whereas not voting is silence and apathy. Freedom of choice is the most often cited reason when someone chooses to do nothing which, to be frank, is an insult to and an aberration from this treasured right.

And yes, every vote does count and what makes that statement true is the simple fact that it's a collective idea, a concept that works because large groups of people believe it works. Nobody is ever alone in their beliefs so in reality it's not that every vote counts, it's the idea that every vote counts that makes the difference. This means that your belief that one vote makes no difference is, unfortunately, also true because many people believe it. So it's a question of which group you want to join, those who believe they can make a difference or those who don't.
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Posted 8/16/10 , edited 8/16/10
like others have said it ok not to vote but i don't want people who don't bother to vote whining because they don't like the way the government handles things....you had your chance to speak up and you didn't. Don't start telling me the government is terrible when I did or tried to elect people who have my view while you sat there.

also to those people that think ...oh the person i want to win has no chance i won't vote since he/she will lose anyway...ok now you and everyone else that decides that may be the reason said person loses. and even if he/she doesn't win people are more like to adopt his/her views more likely since they have some popularity and the person's higher votes will make it seem like a more likely candidate to win his/her next election.
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Posted 8/16/10 , edited 8/16/10
I don't vote because its not like my 1 vote is going to matter. And I dont want to hear something along the lines of "If you and 1000 other people got off that mindset or w/e".......since Im only talking about my vote and not others.....I hate it when someone like my dad tells me to vote regardless

Actually the big thing is I just dont care
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