Should I abstain from ballot questions?
November 5, 2006 5:46 AM Subscribe
I am philosophically opposed to the concept of voter initiatives and ballot questions. There are three questions on my ballot on Tuesday. Should I leave them blank, or vote no?
posted by Saucy Intruder to law & government (21 answers total)
I'm in Massachusetts, and there are no constitutional amendments or hot-button social issues up for grabs. The leading question is a proposal to allow grocery stores to sell wine, which is a front for an annoying, ongoing turf war between supermarket and liquor store lobbyists. These are the sorts of decisions I elect people to make for me, and I don't trust the electorate (including myself) to make an educated decision. Plus, I couldn't care less about the outcome. In a year where habeas corpus is being eviscerated in an effort to boost the profit margin of military contractors, this is not exactly the kind of direct democratic participation I had in mind.
If I leave these questions blank, I stand true to my principles by pretending the ballot questions weren't there. But if I vote no, I make it harder for the questions to succeed, thereby frustrating the process. So given my goals, which is the more "correct" vote?