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Is it ever a good idea to boycott an election?


Aug 8, 2005
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Ontario, Canada
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Slightly Liberal
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.
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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