Throughout October, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences will host a series of lunch-hour discussions on topics related to the 2020 general election. On Tuesday, Oct. 20, professor of philosophy Scott Davidson will examine the ethics of choosing not to vote.
More than 40 percent of the eligible population consists of non-voters. Recent studies show that this population is not homogenous. They can be divided into different subgroups, with distinct reasons for not voting. One interesting subset of non-voters is the group of registered voters who choose not to vote for ethical reasons. How do they come to believe that it is unethical to vote in an election? This talk will examine and assess several arguments in favor of not voting.