Vote, Because You Can

I’d like to encourage all American registered voters to vote.  I voted early.

I often hear people who think that their vote doesn’t count, so why bother.

Why bother?   Because you have the right to! 

“US Constitution” by Jonathan on wordle.com

Some people say the electoral process is broken or the media is biased.  Please, tell me those aren’t your excuses for not voting.

Millions of people vote for reality talent shows (American Idol, Dancing with the Stars–to name only two of them).  Even if you take out those voters who aren’t registered voters, there are still many people who are eligible to vote who choose not to.  There have been recent elections that were decided by fewer than 600 votes.  Think about that before you decide to skip the polls.  Be included in the statistics of votes counted.

My late great-grandmother was able to vote in her twenties because women finally earned the right to vote.  I think about what she would think about it all today.  She wouldn’t sit by and say, “My vote doesn’t count, so why bother.”   Nope, she’d say, “Get off your rear and vote.  Be grateful you can.”

If you didn’t have the right to vote, you’d be upset about it.  Don’t let apathy or annoyance let you neglect a hard-earned right many people before us had to fight for.

Take a few minutes to read about your local candidates and vote.  Even if you decide to vote for one of the other Presidential candidates (scroll to the bottom to see all the candidates–nominated and declared–the list is longer than you probably imagined), your vote counts, because you declare who you want.

Go to your county website for voting information and sample ballots, so you know where to go and what you’ll vote on for the local and state positions.

Julie Glover’s post today about voting is great.  It was as if she read my mind this morning.  Check it out.

Finally, #ROW80 for the week:

  • The back garden beds are ready for planting prep.
  • Work out and eat better.  Food does not define me.
  • I’m a NaNoWriMo Rebel–finish the WIP and start editing. 15-20K is the goal.  Got 50 pages edited for structure and found plot holes to fill in.
  • Blogging class is in full swing (WANA International).  I have a list of topics to finish for homework.
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14 thoughts on “Vote, Because You Can

  1. Cate Russell-Cole

    I love Nano Rebels! Enjoy your blogging class and keep forging ahead with your writing.

    Here in Australia, voting is compulsory if you are a citizen and over 18 years of age. I wish it was like that worldwide. It should be. Some elections still come down to a hairsbreadth!

    Cheers.

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  2. Debra Kristi

    I voted, bright and early too! My polling place is the kids’ school. I drop them off then pop into the MPR and cast my vote. Done, easy as pie. I’m not going to tell you if my candidate won or not. If I’m celebrating or feel sick today. I keep my politics to myself. The important thing is that I participated and said my piece.

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  3. Julie Glover

    Thanks so much for the shout-out, Diana! I voted, America voted, results are in. Still, George Mason University’s Michael McDonald estimates the voter turnout for this presidential election at 60% of eligible voters. I’d like to see a year it reaches 70% at least.

    Great job with the editing this past week, Diana! Keep going with your ROW80 goals!

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    1. Diana Beebe Post author

      Thanks, Julie! And you’re welcome. 🙂

      I suppose that means about 40% of the voting population can’t complain. (But we know many of them will!)

      Speaking of ROW80–I’m just getting around to posting my mid-week update. It’s been a crazy week. Thanks for the encouragement! Have a great week.

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  4. shanjeniah

    We voted – my husband and I – and were accompanied by two people, ages 11 and 8, who are denied the right to have their voices heard because they are, through utterly no fault of their own, children. It doesn’t matter that both likely knew more about the local, state, and national political landscape than some of the adults who voted…and that they would happily have cast a vote rather than being unheard…

    The only solace I have for the injustice of that, is that, when they are legally able to vote, they will both already have a lifetime of experience and understanding behind them…and that both thier parents cast a vote that was mindful of the type of world they wish to live in.

    You certainly do have a full plate, just now. May you find many savory and sweet flavors as you enjoy it! =D

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    1. Diana Beebe Post author

      That is so great that your children pay attention to government! We try to educate ours, too, but the little one still wants to vote based on the types of pets the candidates own. LOL. Thanks for voting and for stopping by. 🙂

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