Let's suppose you are a member of a club. As this is supposed to be a sailing blog, let's assume it's a yacht club. This year there is an election for the head honcho of the club, the Commodore.
There are two members who are running for election as Commodore. You like them both and can't decide which one to vote for.
The younger of the two guys is very personable and has a knack for persuading other members to volunteer for club activities (an important talent for a sailing club commodore as I can personally attest). If elected he wants to spend more of the club's funds on repairing some of the old docks and revitalizing the junior sailing program. You support both of these aims.
The other candidate has a lot of experience racing internationally and has spent many years active in club politics. He has said that, if elected, he wants to spend more of the club's money in sponsoring sailors to participate in major overseas regattas and to improve the club's dining service. (No more pork.) You think these two changes are worthwhile too.
So you can't decide which candidate to vote for in today's election for Commodore. You are an undecided voter.
Many of your friends are strong supporters of one candidate or the other. It's pretty clear that a majority are leaning to the younger candidate. But you would be quite happy with either of these guys as Commodore.
So what do you do?
Do you just toss a coin and vote for one of them even though you think they would both be equally good for the club?
Or do you respect the collective judgment of your fellow members and let them decide?
Note: If you feel motivated to comment on this post please don't tell me which candidate you would vote for. That's not the point of my question. What I'm interested in exploring is whether or not you should vote at all if you really are finding it very hard to choose between two candidates that seem equally good to you.