Monday, November 5, 2012

Don't Forget to Vote Tomorrow

This post is primarily for my American readers (although if you're not from the US but your country has voting for whatever reason tomorrow then you can include yourself as well) and it's in place of my usual It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post. I'm still reading Stranger in a Strange Land. I have several days off this week so I'm hoping to crank through a couple of books. *crosses fingers*

I'm here to remind you that tomorrow is an important day. A day where you get to exercise a basic right as an American: the right to vote.

I come to you today not as someone trying to tell you who to vote for. I don't care if you're a Democrat or a Republican, a Communist or an Independent. I don't care if you're going to vote for one of the two main candidates or a third party candidate or if you do what one guy I know does--write in Brett Favre for every presidential election. Whether you support the candidate that I support or you support a candidate that I would never want to see voted into office ever, it is a right, a duty of all Americans to vote.

Don't tell me that your vote doesn't count. It counts--at the federal, state, and local level. It counts for ballot initiatives and other measures that you may or may not support. If you don't use your right to vote and someone gets voted into office that you don't like or a vote about an issue that you are passionate about (gay marriage, taxes, the right to arm bears, whatever) goes a way that you don't like, you have no real right to complain. You didn't speak up, others like you didn't speak up, and the people who did speak up got their way.

Vote tomorrow. Vote for what you believe in and hold dear. Vote for issues that you care about, issues that you are educated about. Vote. Exercise your right. Perform your duty as an American. Stop complaining and start having your say.

Vote Tuesday the 6th. It only takes a few moments and it can make a big difference.




  1. Here, here! I vote not only because it's my civic duty, but because my great-grandmother marched with suffragettes for my right to vote and it was a hard-won fight.

    So yes - no matter what your political leanings, vote vote vote!

    1. I get so sick of people who whine and say that voting doesn't matter or their vote doesn't count or nothing ever changes. Your great-grandmother is proof that things can change. And for people in the LGBT community or people of color or women or immigrants, etc. things have changed significantly and will continue to change based on who is in power presidentially or congressionally. (And yeah, I just made those words up.)

      I'm a liberal. A progressive. Somewhat of a socialist. I admit that. I have no qualms about talking about my political positions or personal beliefs. I will never, however, tell people what to think or how to vote or anything like that. I will express what I think is true or important but at the end of the day I just want to people to have informed opinions regardless of what they are. Being an informed voter is more important than who you vote for. Being a voter period is more important than what party you belong to.

      Get out and vote tomorrow people!