On Election Day, stay home?

October 4, 2012

In a new article at Reason magazine, New America Foundation fellow and Reason managing editor Katherine Mangu-Ward argues that most of America should sit at home on Election Day.

According to Mangu-Ward:

Voting is widely thought to be one of the most important things a person can do. But the reasons people give for why they vote (and why everyone else should too) are flawed, unconvincing, and sometimes even dangerous. The case for voting relies on factual errors, misunderstandings about the duties of citizenship, and overinflated perceptions of self-worth. There are some good reasons for some people to vote some of the time. But there are a lot more bad reasons to vote, and the bad ones are more popular. 

So what are those reasons? To name a few: every vote doesn’t count; it’s not a civic duty; and it’s morally wrong to encourage ignorant people to vote. And don’t worry, you can still complain if you don’t vote, says Mangu-Ward

 

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