Voting Vs. Abstention

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In an election where voters feel faced with an unappealing ultimatum, many are considering skipping the polls altogether. The Onion presents a side-by-side comparison of voting and abstaining.

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TIME COMMITMENT

Voting: Hours spent waiting in line at polling place

Abstention: Hours spent explaining why your choice is justified


UNDERLYING PHILOSOPHY

Voting: Democratic Idealism

Abstention: Statistical Realism


MOTIVATION

Voting: Civic duty

Abstention: Call Of Duty


IMPACT

Voting: While individually this action seems to have little effect, collectively it makes a difference

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Abstention: While individually this action seems to have little effect, collectively it makes a difference


DOWNSIDE

Voting: Have to miss favorite TV show

Abstention: Complicit in decline of American democracy


STICKERS

Voting: Complimentary

Abstention: $2.99 per sheet at Michaels


SENSE OF SUPERIORITY

Voting: Why do it otherwise?

Abstention: Why do it otherwise?

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