Sunday, April 14, 2019

All Votes Will Be Counted (We Promise), by Paul Crenshaw

★★★☆☆ Average

(Alternate-Reality Dystopia) With no more Congress, the country holds daily votes on just about everything, and voting in mandatory. Clausen doesn’t think anyone looks at the ballots, so he spoils one. (5,414 words; Time: 18m)

"All Votes Will Be Counted (We Promise)," by (edited by Jason Sizemore), appeared in issue 119, published on .

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Pro: The message of the story isn’t just that everyone lives in a dictatorship—it’s that no one cares. People enjoy their lives and they vote mindlessly, not even noticing when there’s only one option on the ballot.

Con: Clausen sure is a slow learner.

Given how comfortable everyone seems to be, it’s hard to believe these people live in a totalitarian dictatorship that’s so intolerant that it tracks down every spoiled ballot. if the government cared that much, why didn’t it come after the people saying they doubted anyone counted the ballots?

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