Should we shame people who don't vote?
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Should we shame people who don't vote?

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Many criticized senatorial candidate and controversial whistleblower Chelsea Manning for tweeting "voting doesn't matter." Compared to other developed countries, American voter turnout is pathetic, and some say proclaiming voting won't change anything isn't just untrue, it's shameful and irresponsible. But others say we shouldn't shame Americans for sitting out elections—like Manning, they argue the establishment will retain power no matter who votes. Should we shame Americans who don't vote? 🗳️

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When MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan announced he was running for Congress despite never having voted, people had feelings about it. There's a reason why black women voters have the highest turnout of all demographics in America: elections affect the lives of women and people of color. Some argue if you stay home, it's because you know you'll be fine no matter who's elected. If voting is a duty, then nonvoting is some serious privilege.

But others agreed wholeheartedly with Manning, and say she shouldn't be shouted down for telling the truth.

Manning's critics say she's demeaning the suffering and sacrifices endured by suffragettes and civil rights leaders just to attain voting rights. Maybe it's easier to say that voting doesn't matter when you've always been permitted to do it

And others say voting is literally the only thing we can do to change the course of the nation. If tens of millions of people stand on the sidelines, we're doomed.

Many on the American far left say voting doesn't matter because there is no difference between Republicans and Democrats—corporations will run the country no matter who wins. Not voting should be considered a valid form of protest against an amoral system.

Others say it's time for a shame campaign. People fought and died for voting rights in this country. If voting really didn't matter, why would so many powerful groups be interested in stopping Americans from voting?

But many argue our system is rigged and voting is just participating in a pointless process.

I choose not to vote because it is immoral to use force (under the guise of government) to enact my particular vision for the rest of society.
Even if I didn’t have a philosophical problem with voting I don’t see a single candidate that represents my values or goals. Why should I be forced to participate or be shamed when the available options are extremely lacking?
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