In an election where voters feel faced with an unappealing ultimatum, many are considering skipping the polls altogether. The Onion presents a side-by-side comparison of voting and abstaining.


TIME COMMITMENT

VOTING: Hours spent waiting in line at polling place
ABSTENTION: Hours spent explaining why your choice is justified


UNDERLYING PHILOSOPHY

VOTING: Democratic Idealism
ABSTENTION: Statistical Realism


MOTIVATION

VOTING: Civic duty
ABSTENTION: Call Of Duty


IMPACT

VOTING: While individually this action seems to have little effect, collectively it makes a difference
ABSTENTION: While individually this action seems to have little effect, collectively it makes a difference


DOWNSIDE

VOTING: Have to miss favorite TV show
ABSTENTION: Complicit in decline of American democracy


STICKERS

VOTING: Complimentary
ABSTENTION: $2.99 per sheet at Michaels


SENSE OF SUPERIORITY

VOTING: Why do it otherwise?
ABSTENTION: Why do it otherwise?