I am a big fan of not voting.
No, not me not voting. YOU not voting.
Specifically, I mean the pressure that people feel to vote on everything. I encourage you to leave some stuff blank.
This morning, CNN had a film of a person flipping a coin to determine her vote for president. FLIPPING A COIN, FOR GOD’S SAKE. People like this should just not vote for president. Encouraging or pressuring these people to vote doesn’t support democracy. It hurts it.
I really hate the pressure that we put on people to vote, like you are a bad person if you don’t do it. Every 5 minutes it seems that Ben Stiller or some other Hollywood person is telling us to vote. Go vote! Do your civic duty! Be an American!
Your civic duty is to be a citizen. A citizen casts informed votes. A citizen does not flip a f@$#ing coin to decide on an issue or candidate. If you are not an informed voter, I believe that you are doing your civic duty by NOT voting.
This goes double for Propositions. If you don’t understand the impacts the Proposition will have then DON’T VOTE ON IT. You don’t have to. In fact, you will finish faster if you don’t.
We are experiencing a record voter turnout because of the incredible excitement over the presidential race. If you don’t give a damn about anything except the presidential race, then go in, vote for your candidate, and LEAVE THE REST BLANK. If you have really strong feelings about being a Dem or a Rep, vote for your legislative slate, but then leave. Walk away.
You DON’T have to vote for a judge just because they are the only person running for this position. In fact, if there is only one person running and you don’t know who they are, I encourage you not to vote for them. Why elect someone by default?
Go do your civic duty.