I don’t like TV ads, mailings, etc. that encourage people to vote. If I had money to burn, I’d buy advertising with the opposite message: please don’t bother voting.
Reason 1: When more people vote, the impact of my single vote is diluted.
Reason 2: When fewer people vote, the impact of my vote increases.
Reason 3: If, hypothetically, my “please don’t vote” campaign convinced everyone else not to vote, I still would vote, and then I’d get my way — for everything on the ballot. =D
[Image credit: this picture of a ballot box was found at http://www.nbcwashington.com, and does not appear to be copyrighted. If I am mistaken, I will remove it upon request.]
What a pragmatist you are! My husband once stood in line behind me at a polling station and announced loudly, “Well, my vote is going to cancel yours!” Most people looked at him with alarm. They needed to read your post. 🙂
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