The right to vote is one of the highest forms of political expression. In the same vein are the right to criticize and the right to protest the government. It is a cornerstone of liberty and justice in a representative government. It is also an obligation of the citizen. An obligation, not to the state but to his compatriots and to the citizens of future generations. It is by exercising this right that we choose representatives to be our voices to higher institutions and to the world. To draft and enact laws based on the constitution made of our will. And to create events of relevance to the represented.
However it is not always the case that there are worthy candidates in the race to represent or maybe there is noone who has gained the people’s trust. Even in the national elections with its proliferation of candidates, there comes a time when it is populated by the power-hungry and the insincere. In times like these there is still another option for the critical voter.
When it comes to elections, true abstaining does not count as abstaining. It counts as forfeiting your right to vote. In order for your dissidence to count, one must be part of the voter turnout. One must go out to the polls and cast a vote. But the beauty in the system lies in that it provides an option to vote for no one, we call it now the abstain vote but during the manual elections it had a different name and appearance, the blank ballot.
If by your assessment, they are incapable of functioning beyond their party and therefore unable to represent you, Cast the blank ballot. If you refuse to be subject to their ideas, cast the blank ballot. If they are unworthy of your trust, cast the blank ballot. The blank ballot is a statement of disgust and indignation against a system which has left you with no worthy options. It is your last option and also your most powerful. Use it wisely.