Polluting the Polls: When Citizens Should Not Vote

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 87 (4):535-549 (2009)
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Jason Brennan
Georgetown University
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Just because one has the right to vote does not mean just any vote is right. Citizens should not vote badly. This duty to avoid voting badly is grounded in a general duty not to engage in collectively harmful activities when the personal cost of restraint is low. Good governance is a public good. Bad governance is a public bad. We should not be contributing to public bads when the benefit to ourselves is low. Many democratic theorists agree that we shouldn’t vote badly, but that’s because they think we should vote well. This demands too much of citizens.
Keywords voting  common good  civic virtue  collective action
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DOI 10.1080/00048400802587309
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