Preliminary reports from the 2012 presidential election show that 57.5% of eligible voters in the United States turned out to vote, but what about the 42.5% that stayed home? Should they have voted? Is there a moral obligation to vote?
Jason Brennan is Assistant Professor of Ethics, Economics, and Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is the author of Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know (2012), The Ethics of Voting (2011), and A Brief History of Liberty (2010). Brennan also blogs at Bleeding Heart Libertarians.