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Voting Vs. Abstention Voting Vs. Abstention

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?

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