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[–] luckyguy 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

reason for, or benefit

None what so ever mathematically speaking. Unless you are in a swing state your vote has zero impact and even if you are not it has next to zero impact. Back when intrader was running states, including swing states, were all called accurately well ahead of schedule so really there is no such thing as a swing state. Vote for the best third party candidate you can find. Don't worry about spoiling an election, you won't, and we already have spoiled democracy, the election might as well reflect it.

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[–] snakesbbq 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong but the Electoral College chooses the President/Vice President. Usually they side with the popular vote but they are not obligated to and will occasionally vote against the popular vote. The only impact your vote has on deciding who becomes president is if it sides with the popular vote if may help persuade your states Electoral College members to vote for them. The system is pretty broken but I guess you should vote because a very, very small chance of changing things is better than no chance.

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[–] Agedwithaview 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

States (for quite some time) have had their economies tied to Federal money. Economic boons (military bases, road money. federal employees, National parks and monuments, Federal funded welfare programs, it's a long list...) make up a large percentage of $'s in each state's budget. Point I'm trying to make is that voting only "local" cuts out having any influence you could have in the $'s your state might be able to receive in Federal appropriations.

After reading your question, invested a small amount of time trying to understand this co-dependency between Federal and individual state's economies. This was best I could find:

2015’s States Most & Least Dependent on the Federal Government

(To be honest, this site seemed to deepen the confusion for me.)

My answer to you, by ignoring Federal elections by not voting you are wasting an opportunity to register your approval/disapproval of the actions of a major source of revenue for the state where you live. Further, I think that anyone that complains about any elected officials without bothering to vote is somewhat deserving of what they are complaining about.

As a member of our volunteer military (thank you for your service). YOU, more than most, should be angry at anyone that doesn't vote. I never served in the military but believe there have been times that our leaders have used our soldiers senselessly. You, and others that have served (whether they saw combat or not) are the individuals whose voice on this issue is most important. It's easy for some old retired guy to feel that we should put more ground troops back in Iraq - it's something else for someone who might actually be the person sent.

I am thinking, that despite the "insane" political views expressed in that other verse, that Australia's model of "criminalizing" (misdemeanor) failing to vote may not be a bad idea at all.

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[–] BeauDacious [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Really it was more of a rhetorical question to help me think of the topic from multiple angles.

My intended vote this time is Sanders. Love it, or hate it.

I still do not see how my vote can possibly count, matter, or even remotely effect the outcome of this particular race, even though I will vote in the democratic primary and the general.

I should also add, that I have voted in every election since I was 18, naive, and voted for Ross Perot in my first ever presidential election.

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[–] acratus 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You're a marine and you don't understand the importance of voting for a proper commander in chief of the armed forces? The president is the only one above the joint chiefs.

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[–] Longbow 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It give you a chance to vote against someone you know is dumb enough to waste your life over something stupid, as opposed to one who has a few more brains.

Or maybe a chance to vote for someone who had real military experience who would make better decisions concerning equipment levels and deployment strength (re:Mogadishu).