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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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Key

πŸ‡» Voting β€” πŸ‡¦ Abstention


TIME COMMITMENT

πŸ‡» Hours spent waiting in line at polling place

πŸ‡¦ Hours spent explaining why your choice is justified


UNDERLYING PHILOSOPHY

πŸ‡» Democratic Idealism

πŸ‡¦ Statistical Realism


MOTIVATION

πŸ‡» Civic duty

πŸ‡¦ Call Of Duty


IMPACT

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

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


DOWNSIDE

πŸ‡» Have to miss favorite TV show

πŸ‡¦ Complicit in decline of American democracy


STICKERS

πŸ‡» Complimentary

πŸ‡¦ $2.99 per sheet at Michaels


SENSE OF SUPERIORITY

πŸ‡» Why do it otherwise?

πŸ‡¦ Why do it otherwise?

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