Why Don’t You Vote?

It puts me off that a lot of “educated”, “opinionated” “individuals”, aren’t going to bother voting at this presidential election. Because there’s “no point”, why choose between “the lesser of two evils”? “It’s all rigged anyway… the system is too corrupt… my vote won’t make a difference” You want to make a difference? You want to see change? Then be that change, instead of waiting for it to come along.

So what if both candidates have downsides, it doesn’t mean it would be wrong for you to decide between them. Regardless of what you do or don’t do, you do make a difference, more than you know. You’re acting by not acting, you’re choosing without making a choice, you’re voting someone in by not voting.

If you’ve been registered to vote, please do. It doesn’t take that much effort to drive to a polling booth, and vote for the candidate you think would do good, or less harm, it’s relative and it’s too bad it’s not absolute, but vut to do? Let your vote go to waste? In the 2005 Presidential Election, over 13 million citizens were registered to vote, of which only 9 odd million cast their vote. Millions of wasted votes, votes that could have been for anyone, votes that could have made a difference.

You, you who don’t vote. You’re not just one person. You’re not as insignificant as you think you are. You’re 3 million people, you can make a difference. You can be the change, but only if you vote. But please, don’t waste your vote by voting for someone who doesn’t stand a chance to win anyway, that’s just as bad as not voting.

There are two candidates, get to know what each stand for, it doesn’t take that long to weigh it out and see who is the lesser evil. Sure, there will be consequences either way, but it’s like that with any decision you make. Talk about it with your friends, your family, or even random stranger, get as many viewpoints as you can, but keep an open mind, and come to your own conclusion. Vote for who you think should win, they might not be the best, they might not be the “change” you’ve been waiting for, but it’s a start, and you’re making a difference.

If you want change you have to be it, even if you want things to stay as they are, go vote and make sure it does. I’m not going to tell you who to vote for, I’m just asking you to vote. Express yourself, speak out. We shout and scream for freedom of speech, freedom of this, freedom of that, when we’re the ones who seal our lips shut. Don’t stay silent this time around. Use your voice. Make a choice. Vote.

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9 Responses to “Why Don’t You Vote?”
  1. Ahamed Nizar says:

    Its a common issue among people who think they know better.

    They bitch about the current governemnt and do nothing to solve the issue.

    In the end these people are alot more dissapointing than the candidates…

  2. Mahasen says:

    I couldn’t agree more!

  3. sittingnut says:

    for once you make sense

  4. Mahasen says:

    Completely disagree. The freedom to vote and not to vote or spoil their vote(cerno)is
    infact a part of democracy.
    Freedom this that or the other has nothing to do with elections !!!!!

    • St. Fallen says:

      Freedom “this that or the other” has a lot to do with democracy, though. My point is that not voting isn’t the best option there is, in terms of making a noticeable difference. If you like how things are now, you can vote for whoever’s in power. If you want a change, any change, then vote for the other. If you feel like there is no candidate worth voting for, that’s a shame because you can’t always get what you want. Things aren’t always absolute, most of the time we have to deal in terms of relativity. And relatively speaking, it’s possible to choose one of the two main candidates, and casting your vote for either one will make a significant change. If the 3 million odd people who don’t vote cast theirs on a candidate who no one else is voting for, he may rise to a certain extent, but there’s no point in coming 2nd or 3rd is there? There’s no real “consolation prize” for the voters, is there?

      We have freedom’s yes, maybe freedom to vote or not is the only one we actually have anymore, but any freedom does not free you from its consequences. So why not use that freedom responsibly? The purpose of this post isn’t to force my viewpoint on anyone, just a question I had asked some people, and my response to what they said. So tell me then, why don’t you vote?

  5. PseudoRandom says:

    Nice one. Some people group spoiling the vote and not voting together, but I think spoiling the vote does send a message: that you don’t have faith in either contestant. It might not be a very constructive message, but it’s a protest nonetheless. Not voting, on the other hand, gives the impression that you don’t care about the future of your country, and that the outcome of the election does not affect you. On the contrary, the outcome of an election affects every citizen of that country through the policies to be implemented by the victor.

    • St. Fallen says:

      but why protest if you’re going to be ignored anyway? Why not use the voice that will actually be heard? The message that goes across, is shrugged off, why not send one that can’t be shrugged off. Make a compromise, and through that try to shape the outcome.

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