"Foundation of the World" Dispensationalist χρ
You either vote yourself directly, or you vote by proxy by abstaining. Not both.But, if abstaining from submitting a ballot is voting, then until one submits his/her ballot, he/she has nevertheless voted; which would mean that upon submission of his/her ballot, he/she has now voted twice in the same race. Which would mean that every person who submits his/her ballot has voted twice in the same race--which I would imagine must be a violation of voting laws. So, the only way to avoid breaking the law by voting twice in the same race would be to abstain from submitting a ballot, since, whether one likes (or is even aware of) it or not, he/she has already voted without having submitted a ballot.
If your proxy vote is the proportion of the total vote, and the Democrat wins, then your proxy vote helped elect the Democrat. If you instead of abstaining voted Republican, then you did your part.If every person who did not submit a ballot nevertheless somehow--by his abstaining from submitting one--"gave half his/her vote to the Republican and the other half to the Democrat", then wouldn't all those "half-votes" just cancel each other out, and be totally immaterial to the outcome of the race?
They were trying to motivate people to vote. iow to not abstain, to not cast their vote by proxy.Back in 2016, before election night, I remember hearing people doing the shtick about how "to not vote for Trump is to vote for Hillary", and trying to thereby make people seem somehow culpable (of what wrongdoing, I do not know) for sitting out that ballot.
Every otherwise Democratic voter who did abstain, did help the Republicans win.Interestingly, after election night, I don't recall ever having heard those people praising those ballot-abstainers for (as it turned out) having helped defeat Hillary by their abstaining from that ballot.