Wasting Your Vote! : An American guide to democratic apathy

wasting-votesWell its that joyous voting season today.  A time where we get to make our opinions heard but at the same time somehow feel powerless. Its a time when many Americans seem determined to throw away their privilege to vote.

Well in case you are looking for effective ways to toss your option out the window here are three suggestions…

  1. Simply don’t vote, probably the most popular due to use ease.  In fact this is often the goal of candidates.  They know if they can get some parts of the populace not to vote they have a better chance of winning.  Basically this method guarantees the opinion of those who do vote get more weight.  So if you really want to protect the interest of older white people this should be your preferred method!
  1. Vote, but don’t get informed.  By the way ads and rallies don’t count, as they are designed to simply sway you by the most effective means possible.  And giving you real information is way too time consuming to be effective. Voting without really knowing where the candidates stand and what they would really do in office is giving your opinion over to random chance, the biggest star or the biggest spender.
  1. Finally a savvy way waste your vote is to only vote for someone you think can win even when you really prefer another candidate.  So after getting yourself informed and actually voting you’re choosing NOT to let your actual opinion known.  It is hard because as an American I know I want to WIN…  But that is not what voting is for.  Voting is a chance to let your voice be heard.  If any candidate gets more than a few percentage points they get noticed and over time the policies and characteristics that get votes become adopted.  A reminder it may have taken 108 years but the cubs did win again, so maybe give an Independent, Libertarian on Green a chance…

If your objective is not to waste your vote then do your best to be informed.  Try to find real policy information. There are a growing number of sites out the to help such as: https://votesmart.org, http://maplight.org, or http://votersedge.org. Once informed then simply show up and cast your vote for whoever you truly think is best person to do the job for your community, state or country.

A Madman has Voted…

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