I almost never vote, and the reason I don’t vote is because in most elections, my vote doesn’t matter. That my vote doesn’t matter is a mathematical fact; almost no elections are decided by 1 vote and the margin of error of counting votes is typically much larger than 1 vote anyway. So…math.

What if I did vote? Well, for the people who are typically so adamant about getting others to vote, if I voted, I would actually, probably, typically, be voting against their cause.

What do I mean?

From the NYT:

State Auditor Adam Edelen, a Democrat who lost his re-election bid this year, told Joe Sonka, a Louisville journalist. “And he simply said, ‘People on Medicaid don’t vote.’ ”

I’m not on Medicaid. To the extent that Medicaid is used in this context to mean poor (bottom 20% income bracket), what the State Auditor is saying is that poor people don’t vote. If that’s true – and the article provides reasonable evidence to suggest that it is true – then if you want a more representative electorate voting, you don’t need more middle-class white guys voting. That is, to the extent that I do vote, I make it that much harder for the electorate to be representative of the population.

So, yes, you can thank me for not voting.

-JD Cross

 

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