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Is it ever a good idea to boycott an election?

Chris

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I've always had trouble understanding why opposition parties in some places choose to boycott elections, which they perceive to be unfair rather than vote anyway. Even if an election were rigged, I have a hard time seeing how this type of protest would accomplish anything. I also can't see how this would validate a rigged election.

Do you feel that a boycott is ever a good form of political protest? If so please explain.
 

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Under circumstances, yes, it's appropriate to boycott an election. By boycotting it you may be sending the message that you don't recognize the legitimacy of the election/administration, and therefore won't dignify it by participating in its meaningless charade.
 
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