On every electon day, I recall this bit of guidance from Robert A. Heinlein’s “The Notebooks of Lazarus Long”:*
If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for…but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong. If this is too blind for your taste, consult some well-meaning fool (there is always one around) and ask his advice. Then vote the other way. This enables you to be a good citizen (if such is your wish) without spending the enormous amount of time on it that truly intelligent exercise of franchise requires.
And if you decide you want to vote against both sides, I am as always available as your convenient write-in vote.
I’m the Anti-Candidate — or, if you will, the “well-meaning fool” — and I approved this blog post.
*The “Notebooks” were included in Heinlein’s novel, Time Enough for Love.