Have you ever just decided NOT to vote in an election?


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Cookie Roma Profile
Cookie Roma answered

I did that once, many years ago. 

Call me Z Profile
Call me Z answered

Yep, twice. 1984 and 1988.

Reagan won 49 states against pitiful Mondale in '84, that election was never in doubt. I didn't bother piling on. 

In '88, I was serving in the Central American bush, yet the Bush running for President was more abhorrent to me. Sadly weak, bumbling Dukakis appeared even worse. No good choice. Since I was frequently downrange fighting his dirty little conflicts, I only spent about 7 months of HW's term in-country, and I was all-too-happy to vote him out in '92. I haven't forgotten Bush 41 was a terrible President. I never voted for his boy, either. 

DDX Project Profile
DDX Project answered

Oh plenty. I'm adamant about local elections. But the national one? Not so much.

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Rooster Cogburn
Rooster Cogburn commented
I feel the same way ! I'll always vote for State and local elections but this time, I'm really wondering about the National election.
DDX Project
DDX Project commented
In my opinion local elections affects my daily life more than the big one.
Zack -  Mr. GenXer Profile

Lots of times. I'm even thinking of it as I type this.

SuperFly Original Profile

I have yet to vote... Of course im 20 so Im kind of in my training wheels where history is concerned!

Kind of belittles the word "ever" for me. I have been nudged by a couple people to register.

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Call me Z
Call me Z commented
More young folks need to be heard in this country. Part of the reason old crooks keep getting elected is the absence of younger generations in the voting process. Food for thought.
SuperFly Original
Good point, thank you for that.
Jann Nikka
Jann Nikka commented
18 in USA.
Barb Cala Profile
Barb Cala answered

I should vote more than I do .. But I just feel like I'm doing it blind a lot of times.  I guess I don't trust what I read about people .. And that's mostly the only things I know about most of them.  I always vote in major elections since there's more info. Out there about them though.

dragonfly forty-six Profile

I believe that with this election it will be a first. Other times I haven't for other reasons, like I didn't register in time, or I didn't get to my voting place in time. But to actually be a registered voter and refusing to vote on purpose? Nope, hasn't happened, but it just might happen this time.

Didge Doo Profile
Didge Doo answered

Voting is compulsory in Oz so, no, I haven't missed out. Even if I had the opportunity I'd still vote because failing to vote is, in effect,  registering a vote for whichever party wins.

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Didge Doo
Didge Doo commented
There's a fine for not voting.
Barb Cala
Barb Cala commented
Oh OK, I see. I wonder if that's always a good thing. Many people will be voting ... just not to be fined. But I guess even if they're not being fined .. people just vote to vote many times.
Jann Nikka
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Corey The Goofyhawk , Epic has no limit, answered

I always make a point to vote. I kind of seeing not voting as a vote for the guys I don't want to win. I'm with alot of these guys here, though. I'm not entirely sure I want any of these candidates to win.

Arthur Wright Profile
Arthur Wright , Florida Paralegal with a BS degree in Social-Psychology, answered

Yes my friend, ever since I saw something happen while a POW in Vietnam, I have not nor ever will vote in a National Election and since I became a US Federal Officer under Nixon, and seen what really goes on in DC and the world. Im really glad I dont

ly fen chen Profile
ly fen chen answered

I didn't vote, when I didn't know who I could choose, because there were sometimes some candidates who I didn't like.

Next year will be the election of new president in my country, but I don't know who I will vote for, according to my knowledge, there's no one that I could vote, it's not easy for voting and be able to choose a good one.

Hanery Kroze Profile
Hanery Kroze answered

I always vote. Because in a country so populous, a voter might feel that a single vote does not make any difference. But by avoiding casting their vote they improve the chances of the unsuitable ones winning the polls. At the end, it is only the voter who has to suffer through poor governance.

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