Hold It! Don't Get Out the Vote

THE DEAFENING CHORUS HAS BEGUN: REGISTER AND Vote. It's the essence of our ! freedom. It's your civic duty. If you don't vote, you're lazy, ignorant, apathetic, damn near a traitor. This message, shrieked every four years, has not been persuasive. The percentage of eligible voters who go to the polls keeps dropping toward the 50% mark. But the result is greater hysteria.

A better response would be to shut up. Driving reluctant citizens to the polls out of some vague sense of guilt is no accomplishment; they would cast ignorant ballots, impelled by emotion or bias, that would further lower...

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