I didnt vote when they recalled our governor & Arnold was voted in. I didnt really like ANY of the choices, so I couldnt bring myself to pick one.
There's a "special election" next week because Arnold put up all of these propositions that are supposed to shake things up. Most of them are considered anti-teacher by most teachers (Especially all of the ones I know, including my wife, and the ones on TV crying about them). I'm really only gonna vote here because my wife has demanded that I help shoot these things down, but I probably wouldnt otherwise.
Those TV ads for/against these kooky props are so misleading, and I hate the way they're always aimed at the lowest denominator. For example, the tagline for one of them is "Hey, Sacramento is pretty screwed up. So anything that's gonna change things, I'M FOR." And another one says "The *legislators* are against this, so I'm deffinitely FOR it". What kind of shit is that? That's just so insulting. Whatever happened to "This is what this prop will do, and here's why you should vote for it." [/rant]
So yeah, I usually vote. But there are a few cases where I havent because I didnt like any of the choices, or I felt both sides were too misleading for me to choose one. Sorry pieman.
Aussies HAVE to vote. I haven't missed one. Technically, you have to turn up at a booth, get your name checked off and get the ballot paper. Then you can do whatever you like with it. I think if you're forced to go along, it doesn't take that long to put 1 - 10 numbers in little boxes.
Originally posted by MercAussies HAVE to vote. I haven't missed one. Technically, you have to turn up at a booth, get your name checked off and get the ballot paper. Then you can do whatever you like with it. I think if you're forced to go along, it doesn't take that long to put 1 - 10 numbers in little boxes.
Wait wait wait. Are you saying you have instant run off (preferential) voting? If so, that's so cool.
I voted, though I don't know why. I'm sure the Libertarian party appreciated my vote, but it didn't affect anything otherwise.
In the real world, WWE believes that no matter what our race, religious creed or ethnic background in America, we all share the common bond of being Americans. American-Arabs are a part of the fabric of America, and they should be embraced by all of us.
Doesn't matter which level, I vote. I don't just vote either, I teach people the theory behind the political system, current events, and who stands for what. I've studied political theory for awhile, so that part is fun. But voting is voting, and I vote for a simple reason;
November 11th. Period.
When we've been here ten thousand years... Bright shining as the sun. We've no less days to sing God's praise... Then when we've first begun.
I don't see the point, unless it's some symbolic gesture. I voted for the first time in 2004, and unless there is a local issue which raises my ire, I don't plan on making it a habit. Voting Democrat or Republican, to me, might as well be compared to someone putting a gun to the back of my head on the highest ledge of the Sears Tower. Either way, I get screwed. And as long as this country is more about the unum and less about the pluburis voting 3rd party futile as futile gets.
You can call it apathy, stupidity, whatever you like; I think alot of us are realistic but fed-up, and know when to admit defete.
First voted in 1974. I agreed it is a duty but more than that, I view it as something precious not to be squandered. But, if you are uninformed/ignorant or simply vote party line regardless of who it is, I would prefer you stayed home.
I've recently finished a trio of books dealing with the Nixon Presidency, a topic made timely with the recent passing of Mark Felt (The W) a.k.a. "Deep Throat". I highly recommend all three. Very Strange Bedfellows (The W at Amazon)