The Politician Recap: My Vote Doesn’t Matter

By Daniel Hart
Published: September 27, 2019 (Last updated: December 2, 2023)
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Netflix Series The Politician Season 1 Episode 5 - The Voter


The Politician Season 1, Episode 5, “The Voter”, is a filler chapter but an interesting case study into disinterested non-voters.

This recap of Netflix Series The Politician Season 1 Episode 5, “The Voter”, contains significant spoilers. You can read the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.

Episode 5 is a filler chapter in the series, but it still raises a subject matter that is vital to the context of the story — undecided voters.

Now, I hate to say it, but I’m usually an undecided and uninterested voter. I’m one of these people that believe my vote does not matter. Politicians continuously promise and underdeliver, so I’m part of a generation that has become disengaged with “choosing a side”.

The case study in Episode 5, “The Voter”, is Elliot. He does not care about the Student Presidential Election. He has other things on his mind like checking out girls and masturbating to porn in the student toilets. Elliot is essential to the story in many ways because you can imagine at a school that many students do not pay attention to the debates, and spend most of their time looking at their smartphones.

So Episode 5 sees Payton (Ben Platt) and Astrid’s (Lucy Boynton) campaign teams trying to encourage Elliot to vote.

We get confirmation that Skye joins Payton’s campaign in the final debate — she rips into Astrid and her “disappearance”. Astrid introduces her new Vice-President, Pierre, who promises that Drake will perform at the school. The assembly goes wild — proving Elliot’s stance that the vote does not matter.

During the final debate, Infinity arrives and shouts at the scandals attached to Payton and Astrid, but still, Elliot plays games on his smartphone.

The Politician Season 1, Episode 5, “The Voter”, closes with Astrid and Payton having a massive argument while trying to convince Elliot to vote for either party. When Elliot returns home, his parents ask who he voted for. “I didn’t vote. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway”.

The Politician highlights the issues with politics today — parties are so far removed from the younger generations, that there needs to a restructure in modern politics.

Advisor’s Notes

  • Georgina helps a black student vote who forgot her ID and kept getting denied. She argues that it is voter suppression.

You can read the recap of the sixth episode by clicking these words.

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