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Everyone now has the right to vote, thankfully, but should everyone vote? I’m going to blow some minds here and say NO, unequivocally, not everyone should actually vote.
There is a lot at stake in elections. You are giving your mandate to people who make policies and laws that affect us all. The higher the margin a politician wins by, the stronger his or her mandate is. A strong mandate emboldens them to do more and act on their agendas more aggressively.
Sometimes that is actually a really bad thing. How much do you really know about the agenda of the politicians you are voting for? Your vote is your endorsement. So what are you endorsing? Do you know? After the election, it is assumed you knew all about it and are behind everything they want 100%. Listen to the acceptance speeches on the evening of November 4th if you doubt this. So be careful about the message you are sending when you vote.
By all means, vote! But make an informed vote, with your mind and with your values. And if you stay home or leave a few races blank, you’ll get no judgment from me!