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post #1 of 35
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Do you vote? Do you think your vote makes a difference? Does a person have a right to complain about government policies if they didn't vote? What do you think.
post #2 of 35
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I feel it is my civic duty to vote. I don't feel that I have a right to complain or critize something I didn't make an effort to have a say in. I feel even 1 vote can make a differnce.
post #3 of 35
Yes, I vote. I'm not sure if my vote makes that much difference in the Presidential election, but I think it does in other matters.
post #4 of 35
Originally posted by adymarie
I feel it is my civic duty to vote. I don't feel that I have a right to complain or critize something I didn't make an effort to have a say in. I feel even 1 vote can make a differnce.

I find it very disturbing that so many people take their right to vote for granted, and don't bother to use it. Women and minorities struggled long & hard for the right to vote. How can so many now disrespect that?
post #5 of 35
I Vote!!

If I'm not voting for the people and things I
believe in, who is?? When I feel really strongly about
an issue that's going to be up for voting, I wouldn't
want to have it not happen because I didn't go out
there and place my Vote.
post #6 of 35
I agree with you Ady, 100%.
post #7 of 35
Originally posted by adymarie
I feel it is my civic duty to vote. I don't feel that I have a right to complain or critize something I didn't make an effort to have a say in. I feel even 1 vote can make a differnce.
I agree and very well put
post #8 of 35
Yes I vote.
post #9 of 35
based upon the results of the poll so far!

When I voted this week, there was a guy in the voting booth, me, 2 election workers, and a policeman. (There is always a policeperson at polling places in NYC; not exactly sure why.) There were 5 referendums to vote on, plus local city council elections. The guy
in the booth had apparently failed to read his voter info which is mailed out in advance here, since he was in there so long, that I thought he was hatching an egg. No one else came in while I was there, but I did have a nice chat with the cop.
post #10 of 35
LOL..i've said before that i ALWAYS vote and if you don't vote, you have no right to complain as you could have helped change the results in the first place!
post #11 of 35
We had an all mail-in ballot election this year. There were no major political races, so they did it all mail-in. They said as of last night at around 6:00 they had about 35% turnout. Since you could turn in your ballot until 7:00 and those were just the ballots that were actually, physically at the commissioner's office, they were looking to beat the turnout of the last mail-in election which had 42%.

And yes, I do vote, mail-in or in person.
post #12 of 35
I vote in every election, but the people or issues I vote on almost always end up contrary to the way I voted, so it seems rather fruitless. There are many times when I honestly believe our local elections are not completely honest.

post #13 of 35
Yes, I vote. As Ady said, it's a civic duty. I sometimes wonder if there would be merit in making it compulsory, though I haven't given much thought to how you would enforce that.

As to whether my vote "counts" or "makes a difference", well, if the result of the vote is not to my liking, it can feel somewhat futile, especially if that result seemed predictable. But I remind myself that if everyone who thought a given result was predictable didn't bother voting because their vote "wouldn't count" that could be enough votes to swing the result the other way. What a shame it would be to saddle ourselves with the minority view, just because THEY got off the pot and voted and WE didn't.
post #14 of 35
I'm under age now of course, but when I become of age, Of course I'm going to vote! I want a say in who becomes prime minister!
post #15 of 35
I do vote, even in the local council elections, but like George I'm not sure if it is fruitful or not.
I will always make a vote as women died to give me that opportunity and that sacrifice chills me into the booth!
post #16 of 35
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We have a very bitter Mayoral campaign running in Toronto right now. I feel very strongly about 1 person being right for mayor and while he is the current leader in the polls, a man I really distress is a close second. What if my 1 vote is what lost this man the race. I can't imagine not going to vote on Monday!
post #17 of 35
I finally registered over the summer, but have never voted yet. I do have a question tho, how many elections can you skip before you are unregistered, or are you always registered, or what? I didn't vote on tuesday because I wasn't very into any of the elections taking place, but I definitely want to vote in the presidential race, does it matter that I didn't vote this fall? Also what do you do, do you have to show ID or something or bring that voter card thing? How do you know who's running for what and stuff? There are offices I never heard of... Any advice? I want to be a voter
post #18 of 35
Anna, check out this site:

It's the league of women voters -
"Our Mission
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy."

They have an excellent Voter's Guide, with information about the politicians and their standing on issues, and the local affiliate lvw sites usually cover local elections.

I don't know how it is in other states, but in Texas our voter registration card is good for 2 years, then they'll mail you a new one. If you move, you'll need to notify the registrar of your new address. Just take the card with you when you go to vote (though it wouldn't hurt to take your ID too). If you're wondering where to vote, call the registrar's office, look in the paper, or look online at the lvw site.

Hope this helps.
post #19 of 35
I know here the place to get election information is our newspaper. I went on the website before I voted to find out who in the heck these people were and what they were about. Luckily, our paper covers all of Colorado and all of the issues so it is easy to read up on the views.
post #20 of 35
I registered, as soon as I turned 18 and I have voted in EVERY election, since 1976. A lot of good people fought long and hard, for that right and I don't intend to disrespect their struggle.
post #21 of 35
Oh you betcha and this time it is really important because of the issues on the table. One of them is Oregon legislatures want to start taxing emails! They had put a ban on the last bill that was passed to tax emails, and the ban is up now, so the bill is back on the table. Plus there is a merger of our public electric company to become government controlled by a special agency to oversee the administration of the charges for the service, so if you don't vote, you really should because you never know what the issues are unless you vote about them.
post #22 of 35
I don't vote- but I don't feel I have the right to an opinion one way or the other regarding our government because of that choice.

I'm already jaded to the whole political process- it feels to me like choosing the best sounding liar out of the bunch to vote for.
post #23 of 35
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With the municiple elections currently going on I feel like I have a vested interest with hubby being a city employee and contracting out is on the agenda. I have watched at least 3 televised debates and gained respect for some candidates and lost alot for another.
post #24 of 35
I don't vote, but just because I don't, doesn't make me disrespectful either. I have never been one who has gotten involed in politics, and probably never will.
post #25 of 35
Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to vote, which is a major drawback, because I'm very interested in politics. I'm a native-born U.S. citizen, but have been living in Germany on a permanent basis since 1982, and therefore I can't participate in U.S. elections. I can't take part in German elections because I haven't become a citizen here (I could take German citizenship, but that would mean giving up my U.S. citizenship, something I promised my parents I wouldn't do when I married a German in 1980, and I'd like to keep the option of resettling in the U.S. at a later date open). Citizens of E.U. countries can vote in local German elections, but if you're from a nom-member country, you're disenfranchised. In short, if I could vote, I would, but I can't. Of course, that doesn't stop me from railing against the "political elite" in any country - overpaid, overprivileged, and too complacent!
post #26 of 35
I have voted in every election since turning 18. Before moving to Kentucky, I was very involved in grass-roots politics and saw first-hand how a group of committed individuals can make a huge difference in the governance of a city and of a state. Unfortunately, in Kentucky, there are so very few people who have political leanings that match my own that I have pretty much limited my political involvement to animal welfare and mental health issues.
post #27 of 35
Originally posted by adymarie
Do you vote? Do you think your vote makes a difference? Does a person have a right to complain about government policies if they didn't vote? What do you think.
In Australia, it's compulsory to vote, though there are situations in which you may be excused, mainly medical reasons. The only election that is not compulsory to vote in, is the local council elections.

And the most incredible thing is this. It is at the local council level in which votes have the most power, yet voter turn out is abysmally low. I believe that it's my right to vote, and I'm not about to let the Suffrage movement become a complete waste of time either. That's right, women did not always have the right to vote, and in Australia, Aboriginals did not have the right to vote until 1966. And today, it isn't compulsory for Aborigines to vote in State or Federal elections.

And I sincerely believe that if you don't vote, (or decide to doodle on your ballot sheet), you do not have the right to complain. You simply have the right to listen and vote at the next election.
post #28 of 35
Well I cant vote since I am still german . If I could I sure would vote . I will look in the future to become a american citizen , but not for the voting part for the love of the us of course
post #29 of 35
At the moment im too young,but I will when I get older!
post #30 of 35
I always vote here in the UK, but you would be suprised at how many people don't bother. But their the first ones to whine about the goverment!!

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