You could say that to abstain is to be sitting on the fence, not committing yourself one way or the other.
When it comes to a political vote, is it a case of voting for the person you least dislike or to abstain so as your vote doesn’t count. Just think of the outcome if there was a political party called Abstain. They’d walk it.
Bit like Richard Prior in Brewsters Millions and leading the party None of the Above.
Just a thought……………
My contribution today for Fandango’s challenge