Did you vote? No? Why not?

Rachel G. Hackenberg writes, at Huffington Post:

Of course, staring for hours at The Weather Channel was never meant to be a long-term activity; it’s logical and useful that we should return to our daily productivity when possible. Yet the extent to which we are able to move on from Sandy immediately implicates the privilege of doing so, even if only by virtue of geography — and not only the privilege to move on from Sandy, but also to distract and detach ourselves from the needs of our devastated neighbors, both in the U.S. and internationally. Those of us already resuming life post-Sandy are privileged now to be able to choose how much attention we give to those still searching for traces of their lives in the flood waters and coastal sands.

It is not only in the wake of Hurricane Sandy that such privilege is revealed. As this dramatic season of political contests culminates in today’s election, there are those who will predicate their privilege by choosing to abstain from voting. Whether in protest against the corruption of the electoral system (a la Nick Rynerson’s article on Patheos), or in apathy and cynicism over the value of a single voice, many citizens will opt to detach themselves from the election by declining to vote.


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