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

β“‹ Voting β€” β’Ά Abstention


TIME COMMITMENT

β“‹ Hours spent waiting in line at polling place

β’Ά Hours spent explaining why your choice is justified

UNDERLYING PHILOSOPHY

β“‹ Democratic Idealism

β’Ά Statistical Realism

MOTIVATION

β“‹ Civic duty

β’Ά Call Of Duty

IMPACT

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

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

DOWNSIDE

β“‹ Have to miss favorite TV show

β’Ά Complicit in decline of American democracy

STICKERS

β“‹ Complimentary

β’Ά $2.99 per sheet at Michaels

SENSE OF SUPERIORITY

β“‹ Why do it otherwise?

β’Ά Why do it otherwise?