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

๐Ÿ‡ป Voting โ€” ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Abstention


TIME COMMITMENT

๐Ÿ‡ป Hours spent waiting in line at polling place

๐Ÿ‡ฆ Hours spent explaining why your choice is justified


UNDERLYING PHILOSOPHY

๐Ÿ‡ป Democratic Idealism

๐Ÿ‡ฆ Statistical Realism


MOTIVATION

๐Ÿ‡ป Civic duty

๐Ÿ‡ฆ Call Of Duty


IMPACT

๐Ÿ‡ป While individually this action seems to have little effect, collectively it makes a difference

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๐Ÿ‡ฆ While individually this action seems to have little effect, collectively it makes a difference


DOWNSIDE

๐Ÿ‡ป Have to miss favorite TV show

๐Ÿ‡ฆ Complicit in decline of American democracy


STICKERS

๐Ÿ‡ป Complimentary

๐Ÿ‡ฆ $2.99 per sheet at Michaels


SENSE OF SUPERIORITY

๐Ÿ‡ป Why do it otherwise?

๐Ÿ‡ฆ Why do it otherwise?