Stop shaming people for not voting

And let’s be real: These outraged students aren’t truly concerned with ensuring that their peers fulfill their civic duty. They don’t just want you to vote; they want you to vote for Joe Biden. (Anyone who has ever stepped foot on a college campus and witnessed the way in which voter registration drives are conducted knows they are a nakedly partisan effort with the goal of amplifying turnout for Democrats.)

That’s fine. But it’s wrong for young people to look to their peers who are less willing to flock to the polls and support Biden with disdain.

There’s nothing wrong with refusing to vote. No politician is perfect, but you shouldn’t give anyone your vote unless they roughly approximate your values and you at least believe that they are fit for office. To do otherwise and just vote for voting’s sake is not “your civic duty.” It’s actually a bad thing.

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