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What if you just don’t vote


We’re all told the importance of each and every vote. That is ever so true. Yet what carries more weight and proves greater in determining outcome is not voting.

Don’t vote — don’t show up, don’t be counted. Register to vote, then don’t bother voting. So you’re not energized by any of the candidates or the election itself? Stay home. Don’t take the five minutes to fill out and mail a ballot or to show up and vote in person. See what a difference your “don’t care, no show” makes.

The few people (quite often the more radical left or right) who do turn out (and they turn out in droves) get their candidate in because you didn’t care enough to give them a fight. The candidate you would have preferred loses leverage and backing when their constituency fails to show and support them. Any momentum your candidate might have had fizzles and they lose out. Literally.

Any chance to turn the tide, to install better legislators has fizzled out, too. You’ve put decision making in the hands of so few others with no input from you.

And, if you’ve been unhappy with the slate of electors or an outcome, be upset (unhappy) with yourself instead. You did not enter your vote in the count. For our government to improve and work effectively, each individual voice must be represented. Then and only then can it reflect and serve a true majority of its constituency.

Alternatively, the minority that chooses to get its voices heard, have their voices heard.

Don’t vote. The decision is yours. Be wise. Fight back.

Lyn Alexander, Willow Grove