I’m pro-voting. If you’ve read this blog for a while (a day or two even), you may have noticed.
This afternoon, I tweeted a couple of thoughts to encourage others in the U.S. to vote tomorrow.
“All politicians are alike” is a lie that benefits the worst politicians. Voting makes a difference.
— Stephanie Zvan (@szvan) November 3, 2014
Voting makes a difference even if your candidate doesn’t win. But if enough people vote in “hopeless” races, they may stop being hopeless. — Stephanie Zvan (@szvan) November 3, 2014
This second tweet received some argument. The person responding agreed with me that people should still vote, but called voting in states that swing solidly red or blue a “purely symbolic gesture”. Except in the sense that communication is symbolic, I strongly disagree that there’s anything symbolic about voting even when your candidates have no chance of winning. I disagree even when you have no candidates on the ballot who represent your views.
Here are several ways that votes for a candidate who doesn’t win still make a difference. [Read more…]