If you are an American registered to vote, I have one plea for you this First Tuesday After the First Monday in November:
Yes, that’s right–stay home, and don’t vote. If you are uninformed or ambivalent about politics, the best thing you can do for yourself, your community and your country is to stay home.
You’re not disrespecting those who fought and died for your right to be free. You are exercising your freedom to refrain from voting. What’s more, you are behaving as a responsible citizen in our republic, dealing faithfully and kindly with your neighbors. If you don’t know what you’re doing, the best thing you can do is stay out of the process.
Motivated by guilt, fear and irrationality, millions of Americans will waste an hour of their lives today, casting votes that 1) are uninformed or (even worse) misinformed, and 2) don’t matter statistically.
Do something productive instead. Pray for your country and elected officials. Spend an extra hour chatting over coffee with your spouse. Read or play soccer with your kids. Count and roll the pennies in your sock drawer. Do something–almost anything is more productive than voting today.
UPDATE 05Nov10: In this essay Don Boudreaux explains why he does not vote.