By Jordan Davidson |
It’s April, which means that campaign activities are in full swing. People around the nation are gearing up to elect a new president, representatives, senators, judges, and more. Although most primaries and caucuses have already passed or are postponed because of COVID-19, election activities are far from over.
It seems like everyone everywhere is making a big fuss about why people should vote, but as a student of political science myself, I just don’t get it. Voting isn’t that important. Here are six reasons why you definitely shouldn’t vote in November.
1. Our democratic republic status certainly doesn’t depend on it.
I know that the definition of a democratic republic is a form of government run by representatives and officials elected by the people, but our whole nation won’t fall apart if no one votes. “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth” was merely a suggestion from good old Abe Lincoln. Why should we listen to him? If everyone doesn’t vote, our nation will still be a great example of a successful democracy in the international sphere. Trust me.
2. Your vote doesn’t really count.
There’s definitely no examples where elections came down to a handful of votes. Recounts are fake news and they certainly have never happened for a presidential election. If anyone tells you that there is a Supreme Court ruling that decided a presidential election from a mere 0.009% margin in votes, they’re crazy. Your vote won’t ever decide an election.
3. It’s most certainly not your civic duty
It’s not like your vote helps your community or society as a whole in any way, so don’t worry about voting. Making a difference via political participation is overrated. As a matter of fact, when President John F. Kennedy said “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country,” I’m positive he was just joking.
4. No one has died or sacrificed anything for your ability to vote.
It’s not like our founding fathers, veterans, suffragettes, civil rights activists, and others devoted their lives to establish and protect our nation and your freedom to vote. And just because the Constitution has the 15th, 19th, and 26th amendments to outline voting rights for American citizens doesn’t mean that you should vote. Who cares about the Constitution anyway?
5. None of the policies enacted by elected officials actually have an effect on you or your future.
When you vote, you’re not electing the people who make the laws about your job, your finances, your schooling, your healthcare, and your family. Don’t worry about thinking ahead- relax. Have a nice cup of coffee and take a nap. You can totally control your destiny by chilling on your couch during election day.
6. There are most certainly not people in other parts of the world fighting for freedoms that result from democratic voting.
It is estimated that only 160 countries have modeled their own constitutions including freedoms and rights after our U.S. Constitution- but that’s not that many countries. It’s not like the territories or nations that want to be like the U.S. are missing out on anything. All that stuff with protesters and freedom in Hong Kong over the last year doesn’t really matter too much. Sure, freedom is nice, but it is not the basis of American livelihood or successful democracies around the world.
My advice to you: don’t go vote. It’s that simple. You’ve been practicing staying home this whole month, so why leave in November to show your support for a specific candidate, do your civic duty, and have a say in how our nation is governed? What a crazy idea.
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