Among other things, register-to-vote campaigns perpetuate the idea that voting is the only meaningful avenue to change, which is the farthest thing from the truth. If anything, it’s one of the greatest obstacles to change. Millions — billions — of dollars and countless man-hours are put towards political activity that could be better spent cultivating real change from the ground up rather than top-down directives that only change surface appearances, if anything at all.
Worst of all, the emphasis on voting allows people to feel that they’ve worked to achieve a particular end while, ultimately, washing their hands of the responsibility. No matter the policy a person supports, as long as they’ve voted for someone who supports that side, they’ve done what they can do; it’s up to the politicians now.
And we all know how well that works.