I didn’t vote in the latest presidential elections. I didn’t feel like it, it was annoying to register for the first time and I decided to watch House instead. I was open about this to my political friends and the results were predictable. “I am so surprised Amanda! You usually seem to care so much!” “Why not? It isn’t that difficult.” “But voting is your civic duty!” By the end of the day I was beyond annoyed. When I heard about this video my rage rushed back to the front of my mind. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=5k7mv3mj3pc#! I hate things like this. Really Steve Carell? You will be disappointed in me if I do not vote? I agree that voting is important but the presidential election is the place where it is least important. Your vote is being averaged with millions, your individual vote does nothing. Our voting system is so fucked up that voting in any non-swing state is completely pointless. There is a myth surrounding these elections that say each and every vote counts. Even you! Yes you with the cheese stains on your fingers! You can crucially influence who wins the highest office of the land! This myth was even enshrined in celluloid with the movie ‘Swing Vote’. This is of course bullshit and leads to people treating voting like a bet. Americans do not pick who represents them, they pick a winner. I do not think I need to explain how this is stupid, harmful, and reinforces our two party system which consistently fucks Americans over every day (yay fiscal cliff shenanigans!). As irritating as celebrities are it is even more annoying to be harassed by people in your everyday life who think that voting makes them a special little snowflake. Instead of voting in a presidential election go vote in your local elections. Or attend a protest about something you think is important. Go and sign a petition, which is somehow more useful than voting in the presidential election. Go and call your congressmembers, state and national, about issues that concern you. These other things are all WAY MORE IMPORTANT AND IMPACTFUL than voting in the presidential election. So if you are not doing these things and feeling great about yourself for voting in the election shut up and get more involved. Also stop harassing me simply because I would rather watch house than go vote in an election that I knew Obama was going to win.