Why I don’t vote

I don’t have enough certainty that I’m right about any issue or candidate to feel like I could actually vote for (or against) one with a clear conscience. And even if I did, there are always other little hidden things I’d therefore be inadvertently voting for as well that I don’t have certainty about. So I don’t vote.

The alarming thing is this: hardly anyone really ought to have the level of certainty required for voting, and yet most people do, and voting is pretty common. Plus, when people don’t vote it’s usually for other reasons besides epistemic uncertainty.

Why aren’t things worse?? How can such a precarious system work so well?


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