I want to address the supporters of Bernie Sanders who would refuse to vote for Hillary Clinton in November.
Sanders did not lose because of a rigged election. He lost because 3 million more people voted for Clinton than him.
Unless he can make up that deficit in the remaining primaries, which is almost impossible, he should not be the nominee. Yes, the superdelegate system is unfair and would have probably prevented his victory if he had won the popular vote. However, this is not a reason to sit out the general election.
More importantly, if you don’t vote in November, the Democratic Party will not listen to your voice for change. And why should they? The primary system relies on party voters voting for the nominee even if he or she was not their first choice.
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Democracy is too important to stay home over the displeasure of voting for the “lesser of two evils.” Compromise is one of the most important parts of our democracy. The purpose of elections isn’t to pick the best leaders, it’s actually based on the idea that government works best when those who must follow the rules have a say in making them.
Therefore, it is imperative that as many people as possible participate in the entire process. If Sanders supporters do not vote in the general election they will simply make our current situation of political gridlock worse by not letting their views be heard.
Oliver Rose, State College