So yesterday was voting day for a bunch of primaries where I live, and it may have been where you live as well.
My mom made a special call to see if I voted, and when I said I hadn’t, it’s like I told her that I had just run over the family dog. After letting me know how disappointed she was, she finished by saying something like “Well, as long as you vote in the main election…”
I proceeded to tell her that I’d be taking the same approach to voting in November as I did yesterday, so needless to say, part one of the conversation was repeated.
But I don’t regret it. Aside from being the secret to your parents’ happiness, what’s the point of voting? Especially in a Presidential election? Here’s my theory: the more people vote, the less important it is to vote, so with that in mind, if I didn’t vote yesterday, I’m sure as hell not going to vote in November when there’s twice as many people voting. Logic alone says that my vote will only be worth half as much (since there will be roughly 2x the people voting), so why waste my time?
I know that everybody talks about how important voting is and all that jazz, and that if everybody voted elections may be different, but I have news for those people: they wouldn’t be one bit different.
There’s no proof that more Republicans (or Democrats) stay home on voting day, so it’s not as it Obama won in 2008 because 100% of Democrats showed up to vote as opposed to only 75% of Republicans. No. When Obama won by a popular vote of something like 54% to 46%, it was a pretty accurate representation of how many people in America wanted him to be President.
But anyway, going back to what I was saying earlier, the more important the election is, the more people vote. As a result, individual votes mean less. So think about this for a minute:
There are approximately 310 million people in America. It’s estimated that roughly 60% of Americans voted in 2008. That means no less than 186 million people voted. What are the odds of those votes being split right down the middle at 93 million for each candidate?
Actually, that’s irrelevant because the President isn’t elected based on the popular vote anyway, so let’s take a look at Missouri (which is where I live).
There were nearly 3 million Missourians who voted in 2008, and I’d bet my life savings, my car, my clothes, and even all of my latex clothing that if the same amount of people show up in 2012, the votes will not be a perfect split of 1.5 million to 1.5 million.
The thing is, voting is a waste of time, and the argument people use to try to convince me that I’m wrong is an even bigger waste of time.
You know the argument: “What if everybody thought that way?!?!”
Well, friend, I’m willing to take the risk because I’m pretty confident that not everybody does feel that way, and I’m willing to bet that there will always be millions of people who will continue to show up to vote regardless of how pointless it is.
Anyway, those are just the thoughts of an attractive, opinionated man.
But if you don’t agree, you’re a racist nudist who shaves with polar bear blood.