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Rob Port: It’s OK if you don’t vote, and if you do vote it’s OK to leave parts of your ballot blank

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For weeks now we’ve all been inundated with messages telling us it’s our civic duty to get out and vote.

To a point, I agree, though I’d add a caveat.

It’s your duty to understand the candidates and issues on the ballot first. Having accomplished that, it is then your duty to vote.

If you haven’t taken that first step, though, it is not your duty to vote. In fact, it’s your duty to do the opposite and refrain from canceling out other, well considered votes with your random ballot.

I’ve made this point during past election cycles, and as a result been accused of attempting to suppress voters, but note that my argument here doesn’t rest on the content of your vote. I don’t care if you’re a gun-toting, Trump-loving Republican or a Bernie Sanders supporter driving around in a Prius, if you haven’t been paying attention to the issues and candidates on the ballot you shouldn’t be voting.

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