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Anti-voting is a philosophy about why voting under systems with particular qualities may be irrational if they have limited means of influencing decision-makers and power-brokers, the policies they implement and the resulting society that is shaped by said policies and practices.

Anti-voting members claim not to be against the democratic possibility. Instead they argue the voting public participates in a system that creates a passive sense of accomplishment.


One form of argument focuses on the lack of openness in certain systems, for example locking out of a minority or disenfranchised part of the population.

Another centres around the belief there is innate corruption in political processes where only a small minority of the public function as decision makers who are, due to the nature of that system, influenced by processes such as big lobbying by organizations interested in profits or power (e.g. geared towards military ends).

Another approach centres on the control of the physical and technical voting machinery, with the increasing use of technological methods being subject to manipulation.

Lastly, anti-voting is premised on the notion that outcomes may be determined by the preferences of the framing population such that the efforts of any one voter has a low probability of affecting the vote's outcome. e.g. regions where the electorate have historically voted consistently for one party only.

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