Franchise declined

Every now and, I hear someone asking why they don’t make voting mandatory.

This is why:

There’s a City Council election today. I am not voting. I don’t particularly like any of the candidates and I don’t think any of them will fundamentally make anything better; our city government is pretty broken and I think that’s just how it’s gonna be. I’m also still disgusted over the amount of time (and money) spent to try to suck up to the reality show hosts in the (vain, as it turned out) hope of getting them to name this town their “makeover town.” (Not that that would have done much, I think, other than bring a couple of ritzy and possibly short-lived small businesses to town, and very likely things I would not really patronize.)

Remember when we used to scan the ballot looking for the lesser of two evils? These days, often as not, you wind up with the evil of two lessers.


  1. fillyjonk »

    3 April 2019 · 3:43 pm

    If they make voting mandatory, then there needs to be a mandatory ballot option of “None of the above and go back and get us some better candidates”

  2. McGehee »

    3 April 2019 · 5:31 pm

    I rarely miss an election — but the ones I skip tend to be stupid little things that, in a sane world, aren’t so urgent they couldn’t have waited until the next regularly scheduled election.

    We’ve got a special election for sheriff coming up in June, and I plan to vote in that, but back in Sacramento there’s one I skipped because it was to decide whether the solid waste district could issue bonds to pay for a new scale at the landfill or some such.

    One of the things I really like about Wyoming is, unless some election official fouls up royally and an entire round of voting needs to be redone (as happened a few years ago), everything gets done in either the August primary or the November general election, no exceptions (except in the case of a U.S. House vacancy, since that’s in the Constitution).

    Making voting mandatory nationwide ought to include requiring all 50 states to do it that way, but it’s more likely we’ll end up with every dog catcher and crosswalk commissioner having his own unique election day, so the government can count on a reliable year-round revenue stream.

  3. hollyh »

    4 April 2019 · 9:33 am

    Here’s an idea: instead of making it mandatory, how about just making it EASIER to vote? Like maybe….a national voting-day holiday?

  4. McGehee »

    4 April 2019 · 6:28 pm

    Here’s a better idea: if you care so much abut the damn election, FIND THE TIME.

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