I do try to make titles that are relevant to the contents of the thread. In this case is actually going out and voting in elections an important thing. So the amount of crap I slide on as I wander through my front door out of the rain has increased, as nobody wants to sell me "legal highs" in this part of town (a pity as the ones I used to get when I lived elsewhere were master classes in bad graphic design) and most restaurants already sent new menus this year I guess it is an election year. Relevant at this point. Now I have supposedly been of voting age for some number of elections (general, European, local and possibly something else). By and large the UK does not vote on as many concepts as the US does; technically you do not even vote for a leader, even if it is considered a bit of a piss take to not call an election if your main leader does step down. I have voted precisely never and never been given a good reason why I should. The main reason for me is mathematically it seems pretty pointless around here (very little chance of dangerous cretins getting in and that just leaves incompetent*) and as it is a hard problem (read a manifesto, judge probabilities of it happening, figure out if the good outweighs the bad, figure out if I can even tell if the good outweighs the bad -- I am not an economist, an environmental scientist, someone that knows all that much about healthcare....) then my main choice is to act randomly and not at all seems just as useful an option. I would say I have got stuff to do but I really do not. For some reason though said mindset seems to wind people up, especially when the "please vote/vote for me" people decide to approach me if I am out walking about. Granted, I do take about as much delight in winding them up** as I do other cold callers at my door or on the phone; true believers tend to be good for this sort of thing and nobody that is not a true believer has that kind of time to waste. Various reasons for this are given but none seem all that satisfactory, the most jarring seems to be "if you don't vote then you don't get to complain" which seems really at odds with basic logic. *that might be a bit harsh. I have actually met most of the main politicos around here and they seem to have their head screwed on. I guess it is a similar logic to the "a person is smart, people are stupid" quote I saw in Men in Black. **speaking of US elections on crazy amounts of concepts (specific laws, various high level police, fire, mayors that actually do/mean something....) the people out and about there seem to want to approach me as well and, despite the UK accent, they continue to talk to me. Those people people are a true delight to wind up -- most of the discourse seems to be reduced to vote yes/no on prop 69 (you quite literally have to tease out from them what the law is going to be) and only get more and more dumbed down as the voting day approaches, knocking them from their spiel as they are about 80% done is something I greatly enjoy. To that end possibly more relevant than the first video Edit. I also forgot to mention the apparently popular with the youth TV channel E4 (the slightly younger skewing version of the UK's channel 4( is being turned off on election day. This is as apparently the youth in the country do have better things to do. Thoughts and opinions of others.