Many of us have very differing opinions about engaging with electoral “democracy” and its (f)utility, but we find common ground in voting everyday with our bodies, putting our whole weight towards our dreams and desires, rather than merely one strip of paper or button on one day. In Florida, as another proto-fascist (DeSantis) ascends to power, we continue to plant the seeds that we know can take root and bring the fortress down.
From Films For Action
Anarchists have traditionally opposed voting for a variety of ideological reasons. For many, not voting is held as a badge of honor - a way of signaling one's commitment to anarchist theory. I've often thought that this belief in not voting almost represents a sort of religion for some anarchists, due to how they uphold "not voting" as the *one true* anarchist position.
From Truth-Out - by Ryan Conrad
Greetings from Trumplandia, also known as the second congressional district of Maine, which is now polling for Donald Trump. I have called Lewiston, Maine, home since 2001 when I moved there for university as a teenager. I am currently finishing a Ph.D. in Quebec, from where most of my Lewiston neighbors' families emigrated, arriving to work in the now shuttered textile mills and shoe factories in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Despite being away from Maine where I came of age, came out as queer, cofounded a queer housing collective and cut my teeth doing anti-poverty, anti-heterosexism and HIV/AIDS activism with working-class white people, I have kept more than a few toes on that side of the border.
From Cindy Milstein
A bunch of years back, the “Don’t Just (Not) Vote” anarchist initiative emerged from a panel that I pulled together at the former (wonderful) National Conference on Organized Resistance — in conversations that a bunch of us had later that day. It’s premise was that it only takes a minute to fill out an electoral ballot, if you decide to go that route, but “What do you do the other 364 days, 23 hours, and 59 minutes of the years?” That’s what counts!
Every time there's an election, on the provincial or federal levels anyway, Montréal anarchists respond. There are stickers, there are posters, there are demos. ON NE VOTE PAS, ON LUTTE! declares the banner at the front of the march.
Chris Dixon ends his recent book Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements with a series of questions that are meant to confront and guide the direction of future organizing projects. Some of these questions have to do with electoral politics: How should people dedicated to anti-authoritarian politics relate to this sphere? How should such organizers relate to the millions of people that are mobilized by political campaigns?