Comment 102494

By AnjoMan (registered) | Posted June 16, 2014 at 11:29:18 in reply to Comment 102372

Here's the thing: if you don't vote, then why would they care what you want? Your opinion doesn't affect them.

This is why I think it is not quite right to equate 'declining your ballot' with 'not voting'. If you don't vote it could mean anything but most clearly means that you are not really engaged in the discussion, which means that there is not much point in appealing to your interests.

If you decline your ballot, that says that even though you don't want to give a vote to any candidate, you are still engaged in the conversation, which means that your vote could have been had. A declined ballot is a vote that was left on the table, not a vote that couldn't have been had, because if a politician had ran on a platform appealing to your interests, you might have voted for them.

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