Now that we’re well within another interminable presidential election cycle, we’re also immersed in countless “get out the vote” campaigns. The message emanates from a good, democratic place and is diversely delivered from “hip-hop summits,” Teamster voter-drives and editorial-board sermons.
Two things, at least one of which will sound blasphemous.
If voters have to be cajoled, hectored or shamed into voting, they should strongly consider staying home again. If taking part in one’s own system of governance by exercising the right and responsibility to vote isn’t sufficient motivation, sitting it out may be the most viable option. That was the blasphemy part.
On the other hand, why not encourage accountability beyond showing up — too often with agenda-driven marching orders — with a “Get out the informed vote” campaign?