So, Why Are You Voting in the 2020 Election?

I think most everyone who reads my blog plans to vote this year, but there are still, believe it or not, some who think it’s not worth their time or trouble! Our friend TokyoSand reminds us that when we ask people to explain why they aren’t going to vote, they may ask us why we ARE planning to. Think on that one for a minute … how would you answer? Thanks TS for a thought-provoking post!

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22 thoughts on “So, Why Are You Voting in the 2020 Election?

  1. Thank you for sharing!!… why do I vote, one would ask?… three reasons;

    1. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ―( Barack Obama)..

    2. “There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” –( Douglas H. Everett)…

    3. “I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)….

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  2. It’s a good point: I had a Political Science prof in my first year of uni. who said “Voting is a vote for the system. I don’t vote.” I strongly disagree with that rationale, as the only way to change the system is by voting, but we do also need to change the system at the meta level: tools like Ranked Choice Voting/IRV and getting rid of the Electoral College as well as changing our campaign finance system would be a good start, but all of those things are predicated upon participation in the system in the first place.

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    • You are so right in all you say. The three biggest hurdles right now to having fair elections are voter apathy, the electoral college, and the Citizens United v FEC ruling that allows huge amounts of corporate money to line the candidate’s pockets. Change will come … eventually … but slowly and painfully.

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      • Yup, but I hope that irv/Ranked Choice Voting may speed the process and reduce the pain. Apparently Austrailia and/or other countries mandate voting, with fines for those who do not vote, but I’m not sure that a.) that would work here, in the US, or that b.) it would actually help. Too many people I know already used to (or ppl I knew, years ago) regularly write in silly names, or even serious people they’d have liked to see “drafted” for office, to absolutely no good effect. Then again, in irv/RCV, if a person got enough write in votes, I imagine, since it would have to be counted, that might make a big difference?

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        • Australia is one of the countries I looked into a year or two ago when I was studying mandatory voting. There are numerous problems with it, the main one being that some people will write a throw-away ballot, voting for an obscure or write-in candidate. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be easy to implement here, for the people in this country are stubborn and will shoot themselves in the foot! Look how well it has gone to make mask-wearing mandatory! Sigh. Ranked choice voting has some plusses, but really not when it comes to the presidential race, I think.

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          • Ah, good point! So much for enough write-ins drafting Colin Powell, as there was talk of doing some years ago. Who sets the FEC rules, anyway? How does that process work?


  3. I’ve covered this topic twice recently—once with a repost of a post I find most compelling; the other with a compilation of tweets from Russia expert Michael McFaul.
    For anyone who wants to have a quick explanation handy, I suggest copying and pasting Infidel’s passage on who gets hurt when someone either fails to vote or votes for a third party candidate.
    Here are the links:

    There’s also an article available geared toward people who think they’re too radical to vote for Biden: it provides Angela Davis’s reasons for casting her vote for Biden. Anita Hill has also said she’s not only voting for him; she’d work with him on issues of common concern.

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