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To Vote or Not to Vote - The Pro's and Con's

Updated on April 9, 2012

The Pro's of Voting

Our country was founded upon democratic ideals, structured by a republican foundation. It was intended to be the perfect balance, and the best method of continuing to maintain as much freedom as considerably possible for a peaceful people.

So when you vote:

  • You continue the process our founding fathers felt was most appropriate
  • You get to have a say in what happens in this country
  • Because you get to have a say, your opinion will make the difference on tons of issues that effect just about everyone including - new laws, the rate of taxes, wages and other national 'fees'.
  • You become a part of the majority, and in this country, majority rules (or at least that's how it's supposed to go)

The Con's of Voting

Just because our current voting system was intended upon being the greatest and most fair method of running our country, doesn't mean that it's all roses. There are some downsides to being an active voter:

  • You'll have to carve out plenty of time in your life to pay attention to at least some of the political happenings in your area and nationally.
  • You'll need to carve out more time to research what you find out, to make sure you know what is REALLY happening and how you can make an effect.
  • There may not be any "right" answers, but there are definitely "wrong" votes. Problem is, you can't always tell which vote is the right or wrong one, until after the vote has been cast and counted (ex: Obama, Bush, Obamacare, Patriot Act, etc..)
  • By continuing to take part in our corrupt system (by voting), we stifle many changes that could be made if a mass 'voter-strike' were to take place.

The Pro's of NOT Voting

There are many who feel that Not Voting is the answer. Non-voters often believe that by not voting, they:

  • Are not involving themselves in the corrupt political processes that are hidden behind a democratic mask.
  • Are saving time from not paying any attention to what is going on in the world of politics.
  • Are taking precious votes away from politicians who are likely just going to use the power they could've gained by more votes, to pursue their own interests.

The Con's of NOT Voting

When you don't vote:

  • You give the upper hand to those with more money then honor, popularity or integrity.
  • You get no say in what new laws will or won't pass, or which politicians will or won't take any particular elected office.
  • Because you get no say in the laws or elected officials, you also get no say in the rate of taxes, wages or budgetary spending.
  • If you don't vote, you probably also don't pay much attention to the political nonsense that goes on throughout the nation, which means you are less likely to be aware of any major sweeping changes that are likely to effect you.

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      mrshadyside1 5 years ago from Georgia

      It is everyone's civil duty to vote and one way to ensure change in direction when the government is going in the wrong direction is to let go of party affiliation and vote for any independent.Now more than any other time in our history we should all vote,because there has never been as urgent a need to change the direction in which we are headed.Within our lifetime we will see the end of The Constitution if we do not send a message to the career politicians in Washington who are only concerned with the interest of the highest bidder.To effectively send this message everyone should vote independent>The corrupt Dems and Repubs have become misguided and are far too easily persuaded to vote in favor of laws that remove civil liberties.It is time to stop the madness.

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      bmcoll3278 5 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

      You hit the nail on the head. But I still believe we should vote. Because no one has a right to complain is they don't take part in the fix. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. Anyone with Veterans in their family can tell you that

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      Cheryl Simonds 5 years ago from Connecticut

      I do believe we should vote, but I agree that sometimes it just doesn't seem to matter. We struggle to make our voice heard and sometimes it seems the ball drops without us. Great hub.

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