Do You Have A Duty To Vote?

In this Wireless Philosophy video, Geoff Pynn (Elgin Community College) examines some arguments around the question of whether democratic citizens have a duty to vote. As the odds of a single citizen casting the determining vote are so low, and your resources could be better spent elsewhere, why should you even bother voting at all? Are there ethical reasons to vote, even if your vote alone almost certainly won’t make a difference?

Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Elgin Community College

I work at Northern Illinois University. I teach on a wide range of topics. My research centers on epistemology. I’m also interested in creating connections between professional philosophers and ordinary people.

From 2011-2017, I was the the graduate adviser for NIU’s successful MA program in philosophy. I maintain a listing of funding at MA programs in the US and Canada.

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