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.

Key

Ⓥ Voting — Ⓐ Abstention


TIME COMMITMENT

Hours spent waiting in line at polling place

Hours spent explaining why your choice is justified

UNDERLYING PHILOSOPHY

Democratic Idealism

Statistical Realism

MOTIVATION

Civic duty

Call Of Duty

IMPACT

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

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

DOWNSIDE

Have to miss favorite TV show

Complicit in decline of American democracy

STICKERS

Complimentary

$2.99 per sheet at Michaels

SENSE OF SUPERIORITY

Why do it otherwise?

Why do it otherwise?