Leiter reports that 14% of philosophers do not plan on voting in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Assuming only people who are eligbile to vote responded to the poll, what principled reasons can a philosopher give for not voting in the presidential race as well as the various other congressional and other positions/issues that are at stake? I am genuinely baffled by this.
I understand "third party" votes. Although they have been roundly criticized, given the dysfunctional state of the election process, at least they send a clear message. Not voting, on the other hand, could simply be apathy. Can apathy about the state of the country be justified? Or is it really the case that none of the candidates are satisfactory?
Any Californians reading, you have no excuse not to vote. In addition to everything else, CA will decide whether to label GMOs, abolish the death penalty, amend its "three strikes" law, and, oh yes, whether to slash budgets for public education.