I didn’t read the story but if I had the chance I may not send in the absentee ballot. Here’s another great question that can arise from this situation. Is having a potential girlfriend voting for the other party a deal breaker?
Maybe that’s you just answered this one for yourself. I’m surprised more people haven’t admitted this, BTW. If you would be tempted to not mail her ballot if given the opportunity, then maybe a politically mixed marriage isn’t for you. I guess you could pose this hypothetical situation to a prospective spouse and see how they would respond.
Like Beans, I don’t think having different politics is a deal breaker, IF neither of you are so rigid in your ideas that you can’t be respectful and see the other’s point of view.
If you like to talk politics a lot, and politics frequently lead to heated conversations that end in someone being called a “Commie” or a “Nazi” then it could make such a relationship a really bad idea.
Your question at its heart has nothing to do with politics.
At its base its more is your personal integrity and respect for your spouse greater than your personal tastes and desires. It could just as easily be about cheating on your spouse or many other issues.
Reverse the question to “If you knew your spouse cared so little about your personal beliefs that while you were absent they would totally disregard them would this be acceptable?” I’d think not.
Exactly. And alongside the obvious respect issue of sending a form, it is also a question of embracing one anothers individuality as two parts of a whole where ideology doesn’t match up, another highly important aspect imo and broader than the political spectrum.