Did you Vote? Survey

Every time I think about the most recent presidential election, my mind returns to the nearly 50% of eligible voters who did not vote. Why? This is a big question for me but something haven’t seen written about much in the real or the fake media. I did, recently, read a tremendous, very big, everyone says so article in Rolling Stone that did focus on that question. It said (of the Democratic Party), “The party doesn’t see that the largest group of potential swing voters out there doesn’t need to be talked out of voting Republican. It needs to be talked out of not voting at all.”  (Article)

I’m not a Democrat and I’m not a Republican. If I were to self-identify as anything, well, idealistically, I’m an anarchist and believe in self-government. I’m also not stupid and I know that’s still not possible. As Thoreau wrote in “Civil Disobedience,” “I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto, — “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.”

Humanity is not ready for it… So, in the meantime we are tasked to find the best “expedient.”

To find an answer to my questions about why people didn’t vote in 2016, I came up with a survey. It’s only 5 questions and ABSOLUTELY anonymous. It doesn’t even ask you HOW or for whom you voted. I’d be grateful for your responses and for you to share it with friends.  In a week or so (when I have a number of responses) I’ll write a blog post about it. Thank you!!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CLLFSVM

4 thoughts on “Did you Vote? Survey

  1. I don’t think we’ll ever be ready for self-government. It’s a wonderful ideal, but it assumes an honour and a common goal that these days seems further away than ever.
    I am very happy that voting here is compulsory – or to be more specific, turning up to vote is compulsory. If you then choose to submit a blank paper, it’s your business, but at least you’ve had to take responsibility for the outcome.
    I know the arguments against compulsory voting and don’t buy any of them. Nor would I buy most of the reasons for not voting as set out in your (excellent and interesting) survey. I’m sure those who don’t bother voting for whatever reason would scream like stuck pigs if they lost the right to vote, so how about how about accepting the responsibility of having such a hard-won privilege? (Silly question, really. Responsibility these days is a dirty word.)

    • I think compulsory voting is good and the blank paper is wonderful. I would argue for that six ways to Sunday, whatever that means. The survey isn’t going well. I have 7 responses… It was a dumb idea. How could I expect people who don’t vote to take a survey? 😀 I’d emigrate tomorrow if any place would have me, but Canada doesn’t want me, your place doesn’t want me (but I think I’d do well in either nation), and Switzerland where I’d go in a minute and even give up my dogs? Forget that if you don’t have $1,000,000. At least their honest… I may try, though.

  2. We both vote in all but “neighborhood” elections and that is because we know these guys and it genuinely doesn’t matter who is elected. They are ALL bozos. Sad, but true.

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