In most elections, there are usually more people in the country who either refuse, or are ineligible to vote, than there are people who actually vote for the winning candidate. Unfortunately, votes for “none of the above” are not counted.
The amount of people who have lost faith in the electoral process has continued to grow with each passing election, but last week’s midterm elections actually saw the worst voter turnout in 72 years.
In last week’s election, just 36.3 percent of those eligible to vote actually did so, which is the lowest number since 1942, when just 33.9 percent of eligible voters participated. These figures also overlook the large number of people who are ineligible to vote.
The turnout was so low that even Obama commented on the lack of participation.
“To everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you. To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in this process yesterday, I hear you, too. All of us have to give more Americans a reason to feel like the ground is stable beneath their feet, that the future is secure, that there’s a path for young people to succeed, and that folks here in Washington are concerned about them,” Obama said in a statement.
Even if your vote is actually counted, which it probably doesn’t, it still won’t matter who wins in the end anyway because they are all going to carry out the exact same policies with just slightly different rhetoric behind them.
So what do we do? How do we solve these problems? Do we look to authority? Do we put someone else in charge? Of course not! How has that been working out for us all along? Not so well, right?
Yet when I suggest that everyone needs give up on voting and take matters of the personal lives into their own hands, people always seem to get the impression that I am suggesting they “do nothing”. In reality the complete opposite is true. I am suggesting that they actually get out and do something to make an impact on the problems that bother them instead of just pushing a button in an election booth, throwing the problem on some politicians lap and thinking that something is actually going to get done.
If anything, that political approach that I just described is the lazy way of going about change, but actually working on solutions yourself is truly meaningful action. There are a ton of ways that you can contribute to helping the global situation without politics. In fact, you can do much better than the politicians at actually achieving the goal.