So this always comes up when I'm talking to people I know. I complain about this politician getting elected but because I missed voting because the voting precinct wasn't there on the day of the elections, thus I failed to vote. Their response is "you have no right to complain because you didn't vote".

Do people that didn't vote have a right to complain about who got elected and the way they run things?

  • What, like a legal right? Yes, complaint about government action is very well protected speech. Or are you asking something else?
    – Publius
    Aug 13, 2014 at 5:02
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    Not a legal right, more like on moral grounds. The people I know I have no right to complain about the current administration since I wasn't able to vote, and hence I did not do anything to affect the turnout of the election, so I should just shut up and live with the consequence. That's what they're saying.
    – DidNotVote
    Aug 13, 2014 at 5:26
  • right, so that question is well outside the scope of this stackexchange.
    – Publius
    Aug 13, 2014 at 6:07
  • You could turn the question around. Does someone who voted have a right to complain? After all they took part in the election so they should accept the result.
    – liftarn
    Aug 13, 2014 at 8:56
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    Relevant Dilbert from 1993
    – mmyers
    Aug 13, 2014 at 19:35

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Yes, your right to complain about the government is a fundamental right, protected by the bill of rights. The first amendment states:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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