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4. Economists who say that voting is not rational because there is only a tiny probability that your vote will swing an election.
This is why I vote:
- I've seen bizarrely close elections in my life. I know it's important to cast a vote, so you don't feel guilty at the result.
- What do you think happened in France a few weeks ago? Right wing won because majority didn't bother to vote. The win shocked more citizens into voting, so the right wing lost the subsequent election.
- My dad used to say it's better to flip a coin than not vote. He had some statistical argument for this, which I can't remember, but it may have been: at least it builds the impression that we're paying attention.