The Moral Requirement to Vote


#1

The Kansas primaries are tomorrow, and I am going to vote. But I know my candidate, Ted Cruz, has a slim chance of beating out Donald Trump.

May I just vote in the primary, and if Cruz doesn’t win, not vote in the general election in November? I know it will be Donald vs. Hillary, which is like choosing between waterboarding and the hobbling wheel. I figure that, if I just vote in the primary, I will have done my part.


#2

I don’t know about it being under pain ofsin, but I would vote anyway. If I feel that I could not in good conscience vote for a listed candidate, I write in a candidate.

Keep in mind there are many, many other races that will impact you significantly and that your vote will definitely count in. Learn those candidates and your local issues.


#3

As far as I know, there is no moral obligation to vote. You should never abstain from voting, it doesn’t do any good.


#4

No, voting the primary but not the general election is not “doing your part”. What happens in the primary is irrelevant if the Socialists take over this country.


#5

Is that true even if there are only two candidates and one is pro-abortion, while the other is pro-life?


#6

Well:


#7

I think you should vote anyway – just not for the President. Remember, ultimately the legislature is more powerful than the President, and your state legislature is more powerful in your specific region than them (at least, in the important details). Influence politics where you can! The Presidency is not the only thing at stake – the primary danger for every voter this November is their home state. :wink:


#8

So according to CC2240, there is a moral obligation to vote? Is that binding under pain of mortal sin? What if there are only two bad candidates for an office, and to vote for either one would bring devastation on the country? Why would it not be better not to vote in such a circumstance?


#9

Thank you for pointing that out.


#10

In such a case you would hold your nose and vote for the least objectionable.:bigyikes:


#11

Suppose you did not like either one. Why should it be morally objectionable not to vote for either one?


#12

Who says you have to?

Nothing in the CCC about having to choose from the listed candidates.


#13

Great question!

I would vote. I would stop short of saying it’s a sin not to - but I would consider it part of your civic duty and something you should do. Understandably, this is a very poor election with very poor choices, but you don’t have to vote for the top candidates. You could also vote third party. I would ignore the “throwing your vote away” argument because I don’t think it’s true. If a mainstream candidate looses the general election because he lost supporters do a third party then next time around they remember that and try harder to win back those supporters.

So voting third party still has influence on politics. Although I wish we would switch to a fairer election system like ranked choice voting. It just makes so much more sense.


#14

So I commit a mortal sin of omission if I do not choose to between:

Trump, a pro-abortion elitist?
Hillary, a corrupt Lady Macbeth?
Bernie, a financially illiterate socialist?
Gary Johnson, a pro-choice libertarian?

The socialists and anti-lifers are going to win any way you slice it. So why am I being forced to participate when the game is rigged from the start?


#15

CC2240 says it is morally obligatory to exercise the right to vote.


#16

If you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain about who wins.


#17

If I vote for a candidate unlikely to win, I’m still voting.


#18

If Trump ends up being one of the nominees in the general election race for president, he will bring far more good to this country than Hillary or Bernie. You cannot deny that.

He’s definitely not my first choice for Republican nominee, but he is much, MUCH better than what the other side has to offer.


#19

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