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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-11-04 06:47
Subject: [politics] Vote
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If you’re a US citizen (and for you smart asses, haven’t already voted), go do it now.

Whether you did it today or early, leave a comment here about why you voted. I’m curious what my non-American readers think, too. Not snark or argument — I happily host plenty of that on this blog as it is, and may moderate accordingly on this thread — just your own thoughts on voting.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2008-11-04 13:54 (UTC)
Subject: It's just what you do
I am a citizen. Therefore I vote. I don't know--it doesn't seem like rocket science, but maybe I'm missing something. :-)

Nee in Germany (originally from Texas, absentee voter)
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User: mastadge
Date: 2008-11-04 13:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm in DE, so my presidential vote was essentially irrelevant this year, but there were plenty of other people worth voting for (and against) locally. I wonder, if all the people who only voted on presidential elections also voted more frequently for local candidates, whether state bureaucracies would be significantly different.
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User: dirkcjelli
Date: 2008-11-04 13:57 (UTC)
Subject: why:
a) Spite. (No, really. Why else should someone make a futile gesture?)
b) Ballot question 2 -- to partially decriminalize small quantities of marijuana possession, because there is no way a legislature would do something so sensible.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-11-04 13:59 (UTC)
Subject: Re: why:
a) is one of the better reasons I've heard. I've used it myself a time or three over the years.
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Karrin Jackson
User: karjack
Date: 2008-11-04 14:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I voted because I can.

Less than hundred years ago women were jailed, humiliated, and battered so that I could drop off my ballot like it was no biggie. It's not something I intend to get lazy about.
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Laura Anne Gilman
User: suricattus
Date: 2008-11-04 15:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes. That.

I vote because it is my however-small-and-sometimes-futile participation in my country's governance (as I'm too sensible to actually run for office myself).

I vote because to not vote is to silence my own small voice -- no need to wait for a dictator, DIY disenfranchisement!

I vote because it's my right and my obligation as a citizen.
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paulcarp: pic#67230600
User: paulcarp
Date: 2008-11-04 14:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I vote because I can. It's been pointed out to me that if I don't vote, I don't have a right to complain about the outcome.
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User: sheelangig
Date: 2008-11-04 15:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

Yes. This.

In terms of numbers, I know it ain't much. But it's what I have to work with.
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russ: quo vadis
User: goulo
Date: 2008-11-04 14:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:quo vadis
I vote since the more votes for the side I support, the better. I disagree with the attitude of people who say "My state will go [red|blue], so my vote doesn't matter anyway." While it's true that one's vote is not so likely to matter in a solid red or blue state, the popular vote still matters in an unofficial way to show popular support for candidates, policies, etc. "Political capital" and all that.

Besides, unlikely as it is, imagine how shitty you'd feel if your state went the other way by 1 vote, and you didn't vote. :)
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User: mevennen
Date: 2008-11-04 14:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We obviously can't vote in your election, but are watching anxiously in the hope that Obama gets in. Although I don't have any great personal opinions regarding Obama (except that he's clearly a very bright guy), the McCain ticket is a nightmare. Plus - assuming large swathes of the US care - electing Obama will automatically make you more popular with enormous amounts of the rest of the world. I suspect that the nations Barack can see from his house are rather more wide ranging than those that are visible to his opponents.

Voting here - T doesn't, on the grounds that he doesn't want to encourage any of the bastards. I suspect the next election will be relatively low key. Cameron and Brown are much of a muchness, but I think economic woes will cause people to go Tory, however rational this may be.
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Kerry aka Trouble
User: controuble
Date: 2008-11-04 14:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I voted because I believe that voting is a duty, not a privilege.
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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal
User: summers_place
Date: 2008-11-04 14:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

DH voted early, a week or so ago. I got maybe three and a half hours of sleep last night, what with going to bed late and all, then got up at 6 AM to get dressed and get myself and my dad over to the polling place bright and early to vote before the lines got really long. I helped him with his ballot (at 79, he has some vision issues) and then filled out my own. We were in and out in about an hour, and went out for coffee afterward.

A good way to start the day.
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Fiction Theory: thoughtful!monkey
User: fiction_theory
Date: 2008-11-04 14:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Because I couldn't live with myself if the wrong guy got elected and I did nothing to stop it. Even something as easy as going down to an elementary school, standing in a line, and pulling a few small levers (that's how they do it in NYC).

And if the right guy gets elected, then I can say I made it happen.

Not to mention that my family would be very disappointed in me if I didn't go. My grandmother voted in one of the first elections that ever allowed 18-year-olds to vote (this was back in the 40's when only Kentucky, Georgia, Alaska and Hawaii had that age limit, the rest of the states still held the limit at 21), something she is still proud of to this day.

And? Because I'm American and I like that we change our leaders this way as opposed to the other countries in the world where a change in leadership means that people take out their guns and bombs and show to decide who gets power. If we don't keep the electoral process alive, vigorous, and fair then before we know it, it could be gone. Yes, that can happen in America just like anywhere else if we're not vigilant.

I figure it's either ballots or bullets. And I'm a lousy shot.
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User: shsilver
Date: 2008-11-04 14:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I voted because it is part of being a citizen. I took my daughters, aged 10 and 7 with me so they could be part of the process. My wife also took them when she voted.

Furthermore, I'm working on the campaign of one of my Congressional candidates. He's challenging an incumbent and everything points to a close race, so every vote counts.

And a sympathy vote for my Senator, whose daughter died over the weekend.

I think there was a Presidential race or something, but haven't heard any news about that. You'd think they would have advertised it.
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User: martyn44
Date: 2008-11-04 14:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I vote any and every opportunity I get because my ancestors agitated, fought (and in a few cases died) that I can. It is my obligation to them. It is also my obligation to my neighbours, whether or not they agree with me, because if I don't vote that is one less tiny impediment in the path of those who are certain they and only they know the way to live.

I vote because most of our politicians are basically decent people trying to do the best job they can in almost impossible circumstances, whether or not I agree with them. The fewer of us who vote, the less legitimacy any elected government has and the more likely power is to fall into the hands of the unelected and irresponsible (as if too much does not already reside there)

I vote because I can.
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User: mmerriam
Date: 2008-11-04 14:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I vote because I can, which is more than some people in other parts of the world are allowed to do.
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Renee Babcock: Cat lovers for Obama
User: renegade500
Date: 2008-11-04 14:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Cat lovers for Obama
I voted because with the rights we (still) have in this country comes responsibility. I feel that if I don't vote, while I'd have the legal right to complain about things, I wouldn't have a moral right. In Texas, my candidate won't be getting any electoral votes (and frankly, it's way past time to get rid of the EC!), but he still had my vote.

Plus, there were several other races that are also quite important, including a senator and congressman, state representative, county commissioners, judges, and a very controversial proposition to end tax subsidies to The Domain (an upscale shopping center in Austin). All these affect me far more on a daily basis than the top of the ticket will, so yeah, I had my say in how I think things should be done.
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2008-11-04 22:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That is a brilliant icon.
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Brennan M. O'Keefe
User: harmfulguy
Date: 2008-11-04 14:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I stood in line for two hours to vote because I'm sick of fearmongering.
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Michael Curry
User: mcurry
Date: 2008-11-04 15:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I voted because my freshman Congressman voted the right way on several issues (against telecom immunity, against the Paulson bailout (twice!), and so on) and I wanted to show my support for that. Plus Connecticut has a ballot question about holding a state Constitutional Convention that needs to be voted down.

On the Presidential level, I'm generally torn between not wanting to register my approval of the very broken two-party system and knowing that less people voting doesn't do anything to help fix said system.
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