Nov 2, 2010

Exercising my right

There are elections happening today, and I just wanted to take a quick moment to talk about something very important to me.
I grew up around voting. When I was little my mom would take me with her - back when they had the booths with the curtain and the lever that you pulled to cast your vote. I always thought it was so glamorous, but I was also slightly terrified. Most of that was due to my mom making sure I was aware I would be in HUGE trouble if I touched anything before she said to. (You know, the voice through the clenched teeth, emphasizing certain words, and really close to you so other people would think you're sharing a secret, but really you're hearing, "if you touch anything without my permission there will be serious consequences, do you understand?")

Maybe it's because I've been around voting my whole life, but it was a foreign concept to me when I realized some people don't vote. In the U.S. it's our right, but also our responsibility. And I'm a firm believer that if you don't vote you don't get to complain.  It's your right to vote, but if you chose not to exercise it (which is also your right!) and the person you like doesn't get elected - suck it up. You could have been the vote that made the difference.

A lot of people get pumped up for the presidential elections (as they should!) but just as many forget about primaries and mid-term elections. Every vote counts. It's been proven time and time again.

So today I'm exercising my right to vote - and if it doesn't turn out the way I want, then it doesn't turn out that way but at least I know I was part of the process. Are you?


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11 comments:

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Yep, I got up a little earlier so I can go vote before work since I have something going on after work. This is a really important mid-term election so there was no way I wasn't going to vote!

I have to say, though, I am so ready for the elections to be over. I am tired of the political ads, crap filling my mailbox, and lately, the phone calls! Enough people!

Diana Mieczan said...

I agree, its important to take part!
Kisses, my dear

Jennifer said...

peepee the only flaw with your logic is the fact that you have about a 1 in 680,000 chance of your vote being the one that makes a difference. sad, i know, but its the truth. but the rest is good =)

Mandy said...

I vote by absentee ballot every year, so even though I didn't vote today, I did vote a few weeks ago.

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Our political and election system is SO WAY DIFFERENT than yours it's not even funny... Haha. I wish I could explain in a comment but I can't.

BUT, I did vote in our last provincial election and our last federal election. But I will admit I tend to not vote in the municipal elections.

Nora said...

I always vote! I worked the election polls in college and it was such an amazing experience. Would definitely do that again if I could. Last night the family and I took the time to read through all the amendments, propositions, candidates and all issues so that we are prepared to make our educated votes today. I'll be leaving work a bit early to vote and I'm excited about it!

Kyla Roma said...

So glad you exercised your right! I'm biased because I'm a politics major but voting is so important- I just voted in our civic election and it always gives me a little thrill :)

Stephany said...

I'm dropping off my ballot after class today and while I haven't voted in every election since I turned 18, I'm trying to get better at it & more educated at what/who I'm voting for.

Great post!

Stevie said...

Washington now has 100% mail in ballots which I think has increased voter turnout. It's definitely more convenient, but I miss actually going to the polls and getting cookies from all the cute old people volunteers!

My ballot is signed, sealed, and delivered. There are lots of big initiatives on my ballot this election so I'm curious to see how things turn out!

I am always SHOCKED to learn that people my age have NEVER VOTED. They've had 12 years of voting ability, but have never exercised that right. Get out and vote, people!!!

pinkflipflops said...

my husband has pissed me off today because he did not go to vote. i am not being kind to him. i am sure about 70-80 percent of the people i voted for probably on the high end of that if not more will not be elected. but damnit i did my duty to vote against the 1 guy who has been in office practically my entire life and still hasn't done anything but HE HAS A PLAN NOW hahaha.. it's an election ritual to vote against him and if you wonder who he is, he will be the head of the house ways and means commmittee if the gop takes over.

one thing that irritates me about elections is when people vote strictly all one party tickets without actually researching every race and determining who really is the better candidate.. and i live in a highly repbulican area and it irritates me every time a lawn is covered in every republican sign because it makes me want to shake that person and say umm do you know what each and every one of them stand for or do you just see republican???

ok done ranting.

Nicole said...

Way to go! I definitely voted yesterday.

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