People are apathetic about politics as a general rule. Chances are if they’re apathetic, they’re not paying attention. If they’re not paying attention, they shouldn’t be voting. It does not help democracy to get people excited about voting if they’re not excited about paying attention. This article appeared in the American Thinker a few days after I drew this cartoon, and it illustrates this point perfectly. Is brain surgery made better when everyone gets a chance to try it? Why is democracy any different?
Stirring up excitement for voting is not how it’s supposed to work. People are supposed to be excited about civic issues, and voting is supposed to be the natural result of that excitement. Being excited about the democratic process without caring about civics is like being excited about writing without caring about grammar and syntax. It might resemble the real thing, but what comes out is crap. If someone isn’t excited, they shouldn’t be going to the polls. When they’re steered there, it does nothing to help democracy. You might as well stick a bunch of monkeys in the booths.
Actually, the monkeys might end up making better decisions.
This ties in to the satellite voting issue that has gone on in Bloomington. Voting is easy enough if you care enough to put forth the effort. Register on time and show up on election day. If you can’t show up, fill out an absentee ballot. It’s not that hard. If you don’t care enough to do that, you don’t care enough to vote. People shouldn’t be pulled off the street and encouraged to care. They should just care. If they don’t, they should stay away. They aren’t helping.