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Exercise your Voting Rights

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Have you given thought to not voting? I know people have said for years that "our vote doesn't count anyway", and as a result, have chosen to not vote at all.

I wonder if they have ever given thought to how many countries have gone into battles and wars over the right to vote? Remember in Iraq, the inked fingers on the women who voted? They risked life and limb to vote.

Our forefathers escaped England due to not having the right to vote, and have taxes raised upon them with no say, nor any concern as to their living conditions and ability to pay those raised taxes.

As a result, America was born.

We do have the right..........indeed the DUTY to vote.........here in America. Our vote DOES count, even if our chosen candidate does not win.

It is a plain and simple reason why we must vote.

Because, if we chose NOT to vote, it is simple. We will SURRENDER THE RIGHT to vote.

And so, Dear Americans, no matter what else you do today, get out and VOTE.

And then thank God that you live in a country where you CAN vote!!



THIS LAND WAS MADE FOR YOU AND ME!!!!!

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DABLUECAT 11/7/2012 12:44PM

    If you don't vote, then you don't have any reason OR right, to complain.
VOTE!
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GOLDENRODGIRL 11/7/2012 12:42PM

    Candik48, I'm not sure what you mean. In 48 states and Washington DC, the electoral college votes are "winner takes all," meaning that whoever wins the popular vote in each state, all the electoral college votes of that state go to the state's popular vote winner.

(Maine and Nebraska apparently allow splits among the electoral college votes.)

So, each state's popular vote does determine how its electoral college representatives vote. In the old old old days, electoral college reps could vote however they wanted to, but that's not how it works anymore. The national presidential election is all based on the popular vote, just broken down by state.

A president could certainly win the electoral college vote and lose the national popular vote, but it's rare. Obama won both the national popular vote and the electoral college vote.

Comment edited on: 11/7/2012 12:50:13 PM

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CANDIK48 11/7/2012 11:47AM

    Voting is a tremendous opportunity to embrace and practice freedoms and rights. Sadly and alarmingly only a handful of states require the electoral college to reflect the popular vote. (This practice does indeed make the individual vote moot in some places. Not all, but enough!) It is the thought of the powers that be that the electoral college is more intelligent, more educated and better able to make the voting choice of Americans than Americans are. Unfortunately this means that the vote of a few will override the vote of the many. I was shocked to see how differently the electoral college voted in contrast to the popular vote. This practice makes the whole We the People, Of the People and By the People not much more than pretty words... It's disheartening and frightening!

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GOODGETNBETR 11/7/2012 9:20AM

    It's a privilege I wish less Americans took for granted. Every vote counts and sends a message to those in power that we haven't given up.

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BLITZEN40 11/6/2012 5:19PM

    Great positivity, patriotism and pictures! emoticon

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