I'm extremely engaged in my country's democracy through activism, political passion, questioning... everything the writers of the Constitution would be proud of.
But I have a dilemma about voting. I'm very critical of the voting system in the U.S. Casting a vote not only means participating in democracy, it also means legitimizing the system. Each ballot I cast is a symbolic affirmation of an undemocratic two-party system, outdated electoral politics, questionable redistricting systems and disturbing campaign finance laws.
What if everyone stopped voting? Would this send a message to leaders that we didn't agree with the way things are set up? Or would they write us all off as apathetic? Maybe the reason that only half the U.S. population doesn't vote is not because they're lazy, but in fact because they're fed up with our political system and their own inability to make change through a vote.