However, let's set aside the narcissism angle and entertain the notion that not casting that one vote could cost you the whole game. It might sound far-fetched, but in Thurston County, Washington, a gentleman lost his city council seat by the mere absence of the one vote he didn't give himself.
From King 5:
Following a hand recount, voters in Rainier have elected Ryan Roth to the city council by a margin of one vote.
Roth beat out opponent Damion Green 247 to 246.
Green said he did not vote for himself.
”I didn’t feel comfortable,” said Green, “I thought it was kind of narcissistic, so I didn’t.”
The hand recount results were the same as those tabulated by machines following the Nov. 7 election and were close enough to qualify for a mandatory recount.
Three Thurston County elections employees spent about an hour recounting the 555 ballots submitted from voters eligible to vote in the Rainier City Council races.
“It’s awesome,” said Roth upon learning the recount reaffirmed the tabulation machine results. "I'm gonna go have a nice steak dinner!"
This guy must be really kicking himself for skipping that vote. Hopefully, it serves as a lesson not just for him but for many others who opt for this selfless "high road."