Should we shame people who don't vote? | The Tylt
More than 90 million eligible voters didn’t vote in the 2016 presidential election. Compared to other developed countries, American voter turnout is pathetic, and many say it's time we shamed those who could easily vote but just don't bother. Voting is a duty and your responsibility as a member of a democracy. But others don't blame Americans for sitting out elections. Politics is an ugly game, and inspiring candidates are few and far between. Should we shame Americans for not voting? 🗳️
Should we shame people who don't vote?
We don't make voting easy America. Americans vote on random Tuesdays instead of weekends like other nations with better turnout, and many states actively suppress the vote by requiring citizens to produce drivers licenses or reducing the number of polling places in urban neighborhoods and communities of color.
But there are millions of people who could vote easily and choose not to because they think their vote won't make a difference, or they are turned off by the choices they're given and the general tawdriness of our political process.
I’m running for Congress, but I’ve never voted in my life. I always thought the choices available didn't reflect the potential leadership for this country. I worked for truth via journalism, and small business via veteran run farms. I thought that was enough. I was wrong.— Dylan Ratigan (@DylanRatigan) February 21, 2018
When MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan announced he was running for Congress despite never having voted, people had feelings about it. There's a reason why Black women voters have the highest turnout of all demographics in America: elections affect the lives of women and people of color. Some argue if you stay home, it's because you know you'll be fine no matter who's elected. If voting is a duty, then nonvoting is some serious privilege.
Voting age is 18. You're what, 45? That's a difference of 27 years of not fulfilling the most basic of civic duties.— Anna Maltese 🏹 (@MalteseAnna) February 26, 2018
I have another idea: You take another 27 years off and you vote in every local, state, and national election you can, and THEN come back and try this.
But many argue our system is rigged and voting is just participating in a pointless process.
I choose not to vote because it is immoral to use force (under the guise of government) to enact my particular vision for the rest of society.
Even if I didn’t have a philosophical problem with voting I don’t see a single candidate that represents my values or goals. Why should I be forced to participate or be shamed when the available options are extremely lacking?
Others say it's time for a shame campaign. People fought and died for voting rights in this country. If voting really didn't matter, why would so many powerful groups be interested in stopping Americans from voting?
Many on the American far left say voting doesn't matter because corporations will run the country anyway. If you want Americans to vote, give them candidates that will inspire them go to the polls.
This shit will happen every 4/8 years until the system collapses. When Trump got in, you saw a new system & I just saw a change of figurehead. You lot need to wake the fuck up and see that voting is a pointless activity given to us by the elite to make us feel like we have power. https://t.co/3F4CAOi375— Funkmaster Lex (@lex_looper) February 14, 2018
But others say if you care about the environment, children, seniors, education, civil rights and healthcare access, not voting isn't a valid choice: it's a copout.