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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

 

Week One - Politikat's View

The Biggest Threat to America Today – the American People

I don't mean everyone in America. I'm talking about the eligible citizens who don't vote. The apathetic citizens who simply don't care enough to have a say in what happens with our country. The past few presidential elections have hovered around 50% voter turnout, this year's election was at about 56% turnout. What's wrong with this picture?

The excuses for not voting are many and varied, including (but certainly not limited to):
• "I don't have time." Vote absentee, it's easy and you can do it whenever you want, as long as your ballot gets in before Election Day.
• "My vote doesn't count." Every vote counts towards the electorate, and if everyone who said that had voted, the results may have been different.
• "I can't get off work." The law allows up to 3 hours off to go vote. If you are out of town, vote absentee.
• "I don't want to vote for this office/ on this proposition/ etc." You don't have to, vote for what you want to vote for, leave the others blank if you don't want to vote on it.
• "If I vote, they will get my name and call me for Jury Duty." Guess what, most states use lists of driver's licenses, not voter rolls. I have a family friend who is a legal resident, but a Canadian citizen. She's been called for Jury Duty several times.

Then after not voting, they bitch about what is wrong with this country. If you don't vote, you can't bitch, simple as that.

Voting is not just the right and privilege that most people think of it as; it is also a DUTY.

Comments:
Nice post! It echoed my sentiments quite well. Point by point:

1) Absentee is actually easier to fill out and harder to screw up. You don't feel rushed, and you can make more informed choices, instead of deciding at the polls. That's what I did this last election.

2)The 2000 election was decided by 536/537 votes (depending on which newspaper you read). What are you talking about, it doesn't count?!

3) See #1

4) An uninformed vote is almost worse than no vote at all. Just ask the people here in Colorado who voted to raise the cigarette tax by over 350%. Now people are going to start buying them online, and we are set to lose millions of dollars in revenue because of it (I believe a similar situation happened in Oregon or Washington a few years ago.) But we have poorer smokers!

5) I got called to jury duty before I even had a chance to vote. I got called in (and subsequently dismissed) about 5 weeks before I voted for my first time. I believe they get your name from Selective Service when you turn 18.

Too bad I agree with everything you said. Now who am I going to debate with?
-tcl
 
TLC said:
5) I got called to jury duty before I even had a chance to vote. I got called in (and subsequently dismissed) about 5 weeks before I voted for my first time. I believe they get your name from Selective Service when you turn 18.Well, I've been called to jury duty several times, and I know they didn't get my name from the Selective Service (since females don't register for the draft). But the driver's license rolls, now *that's* a prime target. Actually, here in California, I'm pretty sure they use more then one source for names... why limit the jury pool by only using one source? Not everyone registers to vote, not everyone has a driver's license, only males register for the draft, etc.
 
Nice work both of you, mine should be in in the AM. And no, i will not be copying you two :-P
 
Loving the Blog Spectrum! Total, utter agreement. The non-voter that bitches pisses me off more than anyone.

Well, not anyone, uninformed party line voters are right up there. You know the ones. The guys who vote for this party or that because thier Daddy did. Arrgh! They make me furious.

How can Americans be so cavaleer about the very thing that keeps us a free society? We are fighting (supposedly) in Iraq to free that nation. To have a democratic process. Everyone in this country has some opinion on Iraq, yet most of them don't go to the polls themselves.

What is wrong with this country?

I have a better question, we know the things that are wrong. How do we fix it?
 
I agree more people should vote, but they should be informed first. Idiots voting is how we got into this mess. More idiots voting will not get us out.

Also, I would disagree and say they DO have the right to bitch. As long as any of us do, all of us do. That's free speech. It's hypocritical and stupid, and that's their right, too.

I honestly don't have a solution to offer. I've got a rant on the electorate in the "politics" page of my site, and won't repeat it here. But I don't see a solution other than education, which you're just not going to get.

I got REALLY ticked off at a neighbor, quite educated, who told me, "I don't vote. I'm a middle class white male. This country was set up for people like me."

It's not only a right and a duty, it's a PRIVILEGE. Of course, at this point I should ask the rhetorical question, "If it's humiliating to be ruled, how much more degrading is it to choose our masters?"

GD&Rrrrrrrrr
 
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