Originally Posted by obgyn65
I confirm I will not vote (and I may be on call that day too !). I also confirm that it is my belief this election is really important. However, one candidate is 90% certain to win in the state I live in. Why vote then ?
Your ballot has many more candidates than just the Presidential election. Even in Hawaii, a state with the legislature over 90% of one party, there are still candidates to choose between. We also have a very hotly contested mayoral race, and several sleight-of-hand budgetary issues being touted as amendments to the state constitution and the city charter. Some elections even have "None of the above" ballot choices, which allow you to exercise your right of free speech against the system.
You don't vote, you lose the right to complain. You also become part of the problem.
I'm not as hard-core as Heinlein, who believed that only military veterans could earn the right to vote. But I feel that a failure to vote is certainly grounds for abdicating citizenship.