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Letter: Stop pleading ignorance when it comes to voting

(10/25/18 4:00am)

Everywhere I go on Duke's campus, I hear a pernicious argument used to justify not voting. It goes something like this: "I don't want to vote unless I'm confident in my knowledge of the candidates and the issues, and since I don't have the time to properly educate myself on those candidates and issues, I don't feel comfortable voting." I understand this line of logic: in fact, I support the sentiment from which it comes. Really understanding things before coming to a judgement on them is a skill that is sadly lacking in our current political discourse. However, is it really a sound argument against voting in this case?