The wasted vote

Two days ago, while riding the FX to work, I heard a radio DJ ask his listeners if they believe in the election surveys and if they are important to them.

I only got to hear 4 responses, but they all said the same thing: the surveys are important to them because it is where they learn about the prevailing public opinion. Whoever the public will vote, they will also because that candidate deserves it.

I sense something twisted in that answer. Parang kopyahan lang sa school.

I told my sister about it last night. She said that even her students think that way (students from our alma mater, the Royal and Pontifical University). She asked them who their candidate was, and they gave a name but then told her that they will not vote for that candidate and instead vote for the one leading in the surveys because they don’t want a contender candidate to win the elections.

They said that if they voted for their bet, who was not ranking high in the surveys, it would have been a wasted vote.

But isn’t your vote more wasted if you do not practice your right to vote for the one whom you think deserves that position more? Isn’t your vote more wasted if you choose the candidate because of popularity and not because of capability? Isn’t your vote more wasted if you let the one who can lead us to progress lose because you were too chicken to shade the oval beside his name, afraid of the so-called public opinion that says your candidate would lag behind by the millions?

If standing by my candidate, whom I have chosen because of his leadership capability and no-nonsense attitude, means wasting my vote, then so be it. I’d rather risk it than see my country in deeper sh!t than it already is.

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  • rj's mama April 30, 2010 at 10:37 am

    ano pa nga ba, very disappointing kapag nakakarinig ako na iboboto ko si “candidate1” dahil sya naman ang nananalo sa survey.

    such a waste of vote. what did your sis tell her student?

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    • moonchild117 May 3, 2010 at 7:16 am

      she told them the same thing, that it’s more wasted if they give away their vote to the popular one instead of choosing whom they want to vote. i don’t know if they were “enlightened” by that.

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  • elitenapobre May 3, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    I admit that I’m one of the peeps who has given up hopes in our politics. No other way but to implement negative voting (ung ginagawa dati ng ibang bansa sobrang ilang daang daang taon na ang nakakalipas)… Iyong parang botohan sa showtime ngaun para sa mga judges…

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    • moonchild117 May 4, 2010 at 9:46 am

      kung ang politics ay showtime, sino si vice ganda? joke…

      ang hirap pag negative voting. kung sa senado at kongreso magulo pag may opposing views, pa’no na lang pag parang hurado ng showtime or castaways ng survivor ang pagka-presidente? kelangan din nilang mag-isip ng gimik para tumagal sa “show.”

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  • Gizelle May 10, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Sabi nga ni Bob Ong “Kung iboboto mo ang boto na ayon sa desisyon ng iba, sino pa ang boboto ng ayon sa desisyon mo?”

    Mali talaga yang makinig sa polls at survey, tactic lang din ng iba para ma.sway mga tao saka bakit ka makikiride sa sinasabi nilang mananalo, me price ba pag nanalo ang binoto mo? tsk tsk hay naku, magisip naman sana.

    http://sibobpo.multiply.com/journal/item/9/Hindi_sino_kundi_kanino_ang_iboboto_mo

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  • Gizelle May 10, 2010 at 7:13 am

    I mean talo ka pag binoto mo lang ang binoto mo dahil alam mong sha ang mananalo—hindi naman binibigyan ng premyo ang mga bumoto sa taong nanalo…haha nahirapan ako explain ito…ganito:

    nakakatawa talaga isipin, na kaya mo iboboto ang isang tao ay para lang masabing nanalo ang manok mo…when in fact, manok yun ng iba…

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    • moonchild117 May 11, 2010 at 9:14 am

      korek ka dyan! yun lang ang problema sa karamihan ng tao ngayon. willing silang i-sacrifice ang paniniwala kesa bumoto ng karapat-dapat kasi matatalo lang daw, “ayon sa survey.” sad.

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