After hundreds of millions of dollars, thousands of hours, and way too many talking empty heads on TV, U.S. Election Day is finally here.
The campaign started off quite a while ago, with a lot more people in the race than the two major figures in the running today. I will not support anyone publicly on this blog, though if you have been reading some of what I have had to say, you probably have a pretty good picture of who I support (rather, who I do not support).
There has been a strong trend to try and “get out of the vote.” It happens every presidential election campaign, both in the U.S. and in Israel. In the U.S., however, it is more than just a PSA or two, it is a multimillion dollar campaign to convince people to vote. I understand the benefit of teaching children about their (future) civic rights, and how voting can and cannot influence their lives. What I cannot understand is trying to convince people to vote, who do not really want to.
Non-voters belong, primarily, to one of two groups. The first is an ideological minority who, for a variety of reasons, whether it be dissatisfaction with the choice candidates, or with the system itself. I can understand that, and I can even understand trying to convince these people to vote, to try and change system, or something else along those lines. Yet most non-voters do so out of laziness, forgetfulness, or an utter lack of interest. Why would I want to convince someone, who is so stupid as to forget to do something they deem very important (year after year) to have any influence over my life? Why would I want to convince someone who has no established opinion on the issues to do something that could potentially change my life?
If you don’t want to vote – don’t! And if that’s a choice, not a mistake, then more power to you.