Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Just Vote Informed

You may have noticed that I have stayed out of the campaigning for the next president.  And while I will say that I am not 100% behind either candidate I did make my choice, and no I'm not going to share it here.

Today's the day and I hope everyone is making an informed decision.  Yesterday, my 18 year old son asked me, "Can't I just get information about them both where I'm voting?"  It may sound like he's a little late in the game but it makes me wonder how many other people are this late.  He has said for weeks who is going to vote for and when I ask him why, it's because so-and-so is, well why are they, he doesn't know.  So I asked him to spend yesterday evening doing a little research and voting on the issues not just going with his peers.  He may still choose the same candidate, but at least it will be for the right reason.

For me personally, if I have not been paying attention - cuz to be honest politics don't interest me - I won't vote.  If I have not heard or read the issues that the candidates are standing on, proposing, I won't go to the booth.  I don't think it's fair to anyone if I did.  I only vote if I can make an informed choice and I'm hoping that's how the majority is. But is it?  Are you just voting for someone because your spouse is, your mom is, your co-workers are?

The biggest thing I'm guilty of is thinking that my one vote won't matter.  I'm afraid a huge number of us are this way, but think about it.  In the whole scheme of things it is nothing but one vote, plus one vote, plus one vote and if we stay home thinking our one vote won't matter it could change everything.

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17 comments:

  1. "In the whole scheme of things it is nothing but one vote, plus one vote, plus one vote and if we stay home thinking our one vote won’t matter it could change everything."

    Well said!

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  2. Perfect Post! I'm going this afternoon...wonder how long I'll have to wait in line? But I am voting!

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  3. I haven't voted in years.
    When I last wanted to, my Grandmom (I was registered at her place then) threw my card away, because she thought I didn't want to anyway ;)

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  4. A-men to that sister and beautiful reminder and shot!

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  5. I voted this morning, and wrote a similar post about it. I'm sticking to my "no politics" by not saying what candidate I chose, but what I will say is that each and every one of us needs to get our hineys out the door and vote today. As I stood at the voting machine, it also crossed my mind that I have just one vote and does it really count? But as you said, if everyone thought that way...that wouldn't be so good.

    And to answer your question - I reviewed where each candidate stood on the issues that matter most to me, and that was how I chose. That's how I do it each election. I feel that to do otherwise would be to squander this most important of American rights.

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  6. I think the problem is that there is not a super great source for information out there. Everything seems so biased one way or another. It is frustrating. Should it be this difficult to find accurate info in America? *sigh*

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  7. I will be glad when all this is over with! I will go vote today after I get off work! I didn't even know where to vote since we moved but I found out this afternoon! YIPPEE!!!

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  8. It felt good voting this morning, doing something, giving voice.

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  9. I am glad that you have voted...too bad I cant vote

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  10. I'm glad you've voted ... and that you've encouraged others to vote their conscience too. That's what I've tried to do on my blogs. Like you, I've done my best to stay out of the political discussions for the most part in my posts ... but methinks it's ALWAYS important to get the information and make your vote count.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  11. I was amazed with how many phone calls I had this morning from friends offering to watch Carson long enough for me to run vote. My aunt and I made arangements last night. She came over around 10 and I was make by 10:15. It was painless. But I'm with you. I will never understand 100% the views of the two running, but I tried to make a decision on the facts that were given. Good post. When I was a lot younger I didn't understand why my one vote would make a difference. But I do now.

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  12. Tiaras & TantrumsNovember 4, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    great post!

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  13. I'm so glad so many of you people did vote!
    I think it could make a change this time around!

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  14. Great post! IT's funny I listened to a radio station's exit poll interviews today and you'd be amazed how little people know about the issues. They asked questions about the candidates that weren't true? Like are you happy with how Obama has ended women's suffrage? Will Biden be good as he takes over Obama's Senate seat in the Hawkeye state? There was some McCain questions as well but they only played one (and I can't remember it) I'm sure due to the results of the election. That scares me that people answer yes to questions that they know nothing about. They'd have been better off to say I don't know. But on the up side at least they voted!

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  15. I'm getting here late, but this is a wonderful post. I would never vote without knowing why. Of course I have Prince Charming dig up the information (he has more time), but that's all he does. We are teaching our young daughters to not like this or that because of us, but teaching them how to find out for themselves. So important.

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