How to Vote When You Don’t Like Either of Them: A Simple Card Game That Completely Explains Presidential Elections

Voting is a game of strategy — and opting out doesn’t mean you’re not playing.

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You can feel like you’re making progress when you’re not. You can feel like you’re doing something useful and important, but actually, you’ve just fallen victim to distraction.

So how does this correlate to the election?

Voting for President of the United States is not a test of your virtue, it’s not a protest, and it’s not a way to disassociate yourself from all the people who are out there trying to tell you which way to vote. It’s a utilitarian exercise designed to put one of two old white men in the White House. That’s the pile that matters.

Voting for anyone other than two main candidates, or not voting at all, means that you’re cosigning the winner. By taking the supposed moral high ground, you’re ceding your vote to the rest of the voting population in your state. (Yes, those idiots.) In not going along with the crowd, you’ve empowered the crowd.

Your third-party candidate isn’t going to win and you know it. (The time to create a pathway for more than two candidates is between elections, not at the voting booth.)

Skip-Bo has all the answers

So don’t get distracted with the theater of all this. Don’t get so bound up in moving your cards around that you take your eye off the prize. Someone is going to win and someone is going to lose. You have a card to play. Don’t throw it away. Make it count.

Professional writer with words in Woman’s Day, Redbook, Huffington Post, Slackjaw, and Scarymommy.

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