My wife asked me if I was going to register to vote, and I seriously considered not bothering. I live in Texas, which almost always goes Republican, so there’s not much point in me voting. I’m considering it, but mainly because there is a small chance that Texas could go blue this year.
I don’t feel guilty about it, but I wonder what makes me different from my mother and my wife, who both plan on voting. My mother lives in Oklahoma, which has a much smaller chance of going Democratic than Texas, and she has a disability which will make it a real hardship to get to a polling station, but she still plans on voting for Obama.
So, how many people out there are like me, who would vote if they lived in a “battleground state” but are probably not going to because they don’t? How many of those are of the same party that is probably going to get their electoral votes (i.e. Republicans in Oklahoma who aren’t voting because they know their state will go Republican anyway)?