|Election Day: Vote!
|[Nov. 2nd, 2010|09:33 am]
If you didn't vote early, vote today.
Vote even if the media insist your candidate doesn't have a chance. Your candidate doesn't, if all his/her supporters stay home.
Vote even if it's inconvenient--even if it's difficult--even if there's a line out the door of the polling location and you hate standing in line.
Vote even if no candidate passes your personal purity test by agreeing with you on every single point. Vote for the best you can find--or against the worst if you must--but vote.
(I was going to post this late last night, but a line of thunderstorms came through and blipped our power.)
I hate hate hate exit polls. I strongly think that news shows should be legally forbidden to "count" the votes until after ALL the polls for that particular race have closed. In my opinion that is the same as disenfranchising all those who live in a later time zone. I know that isn't so much an issue in local races, but it makes the presidential race distasteful on election night.
I hate exit polls, too. New shows are not official election judges and should not be out there influencing voter attendance.
Vote by mail has made exit polls pretty much a dead issue in Oregon.
2010-11-03 02:22 am (UTC)
I hate them to.
So on the rate occasions I get asked to participate in them, I lie.
I figure the worse their data, the less their influence.
I really am against exit polls as well. I want everyone to have a meaningful vote.
Even though I feel that I will only be able to decide in one race that matters to me, I still voted and early. I'm still very infuriated with the State Board of Education (at least some of the members). Mercer was the representative in my district.
Voting in a modern Western democracy is neither a right nor a privilege, to my mind. It is a duty to your nation.
If you can't be bothered voting, you don't deserve the benefits of citizenship.
But then, I'm one of those wacko Aussies that think compulsory voting is a great idea.
I agree with you - I wish we had compulsory voting over here.
2010-11-03 12:39 am (UTC)
My voting this week was powered by the joy of Early Voting. Because my state has early voting, I didn't have to choose between losing my vote and losing a day's pay. (I work about an hour's drive away from my polling place and take a bus to work - polling place is open 7-7 and I was at work from 7-6 and in the other town of my work from 6-7. For added points the bus only runs at the start and end of the day - no way to take it home in the middle.)
So I say yay for early voting.
Oh, I'm also a fan of early voting. The only elections I've missed voting in (maybe 2-3 in over 40 years of eligibility) were before early voting when I got sick and literally could not get to the polls.
I voted on Election Day this time, but 10 years ago, early voting made it possible for me to vote on a day that morning sickness wasn't debilitating, whereas on Election Day that year, it was.
Then there was the time we didn't do early voting and my husband ended up showing up at the polls in a bathrobe, bedroom slippers and a hospital bracelet, having been discharged from an unintended stay just in time to be able to vote....
I would have voted early this year, but things have been so frantic that I didn't get my research started until it was a bit late for early voting, and I don't want to vote uninformed.
I walked to the polling place with the ever-eager golden retriever, who helped by allowing all the polling workers to pet him, obediently settled on the floor when I snapped my fingers, and helped push the paper into the ballot machine with his nose. And then strolled out of the polling place with his tail curled over his back, exceptionally pleased with himself. It's not every day you vote, after all.