Do You Vote ?

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    May 22, 2014 7:12 PM GMT
    It's voting day here in the U.K and it got me thinking about voter apathy and the large number of people who don't even bother to vote because of the lack of diversity amongst candidates amongst other reasons.

    Is this you or do you feel voting is essential and a right far too many take for granted ?
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    May 22, 2014 7:23 PM GMT
    I vote, every election.

    When we moved first moved to Virginia, Jim Webb beat George Allen in a U.S. Senate race by only a few thousand votes statewide. The margins of victory in local races can be tiny.

    Your vote counts!
  • HottJoe

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    May 22, 2014 7:33 PM GMT
    Yes, I vote. I also like to participate in political debates and elections.
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    May 22, 2014 10:20 PM GMT
    Yes

    And just to piss off the liberals, my husband couldn't care less, but he votes however I tell him too!
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    May 22, 2014 10:27 PM GMT
    vote by mail is easy

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    May 22, 2014 10:51 PM GMT
    Blakes7 saidYes

    And just to piss off the liberals, my husband couldn't care less, but he votes however I tell him too!

    If it weren't for liberals your husband would just be your boyfriend.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 23, 2014 12:15 AM GMT
    I don't think I've ever missed voting in an election. Though I refuse to vote in churches set up as a polling place, instead voting thru the city or county in early voting or I'll do a mail-in.

    I started off at 18 as independent but found my leanings more so in the Democratic Party but mostly I signed there because I wanted to vote also in the primaries.

    I don't always fill in all the blanks, particularly if I didn't understand something or if it didn't at all relate to me--and sometimes I write in my own answers when none of the options suit me. For judges before the internet I didn't often vote, leaving that for those who knew better but now with such easy research I can find rulings, get recommendations from opinion I might respect etc. so I do that before I go in and then I just copy my picks onto the ballot.

    If I'm not happy with a candidate from either party, I'll vote my party line. Unless I'm very unhappy also with my party's candidate, in which case I write-in whoever comes to mind: usually it's Alfred E. Neuman. I'm surprised he hasn't won yet.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 23, 2014 12:19 AM GMT
    I am beginning to wonder if it really is worthwhile to vote anymore because all these political candidates make lofty promises and sympathize with your concerns but when elected they just fall in with all the entrenched incumbents and it ends up being the same old shit.
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    May 23, 2014 12:22 AM GMT
    I voted for Amnesty International's U.S board of directors :/
  • coolarmydude

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    May 23, 2014 2:01 AM GMT
    I voted the other day, literally.
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    May 23, 2014 2:23 AM GMT
    HottJoe said
    Blakes7 saidYes

    And just to piss off the liberals, my husband couldn't care less, but he votes however I tell him too!

    If it weren't for liberals your husband would just be your boyfriend.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 23, 2014 2:28 AM GMT
    ^^^HottJoe, Thanks for reminding Blakes of his most important wedding gift.

    Blakes7, you're welcome!
    And we wish you a happy life together, pissing off loads of your fellow closeted conservatives.
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    May 23, 2014 2:48 AM GMT
    You're both correct, except for the last statement. I have many straight, conservative friends and relatives who love us for who we are.

    Where did the idea come from that conservatives are all closeted gays? Not everyone is gay.
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    May 23, 2014 3:19 AM GMT
    I voted for the recent Indian elections.
    Some say it's a waste of time...Many say it's a moral obligation. Though I'm a bit skeptical, I'm with the latter, for now.
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    May 23, 2014 3:19 AM GMT
    whateveryo said
    Is this you or do you feel voting is essential and a right far too many take for granted ?

    My husband and I always vote. My very first vote was absentee, from Ft. Benning, Georgia, when I turned 21. Both my parents were on the ballot, and back then you couldn't vote until you were 21 in the US. I was happy my first ever vote was for my parents, who won.

    But this issue of voting age came to a head during Vietnam. We were sending boys 18-19-20 to their deaths, the greatest casualty demographic, and these guys who could die for us had no say in our national policy through the ballot. Nor did I, when I first enlisted at 20.

    Finally, over Republican & Conservative opposition (naturally) the Federal voting age was lowered to 18, and States followed. If you can fight and die for your country, you oughta have some say in your country. And so I hope our service members exercise their right to vote.
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    May 23, 2014 5:32 AM GMT
    I voted in an election that was literally decided by one vote. I was in college at the time, in Ann Arbor, and the mayoral election in town was won by Albert Wheeler, the incumbent. By one vote.

    From wikipedia:

    "In 1977, Wheeler ran for reelection, facing Republican challenger Louis D. Belcher. Wheeler won the election by a margin of a single vote, prevailing by a count of just 10,660 to 10,659."
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    May 23, 2014 8:05 AM GMT
    Blakes7 saidYou're both correct, except for the last statement. I have many straight, conservative friends and relatives who love us for who we are.

    Where did the idea come from that conservatives are all closeted gays? Not everyone is gay.


    Ehh

    My mom says she loves gay men but told me I'm a second class citizen...

    I extend this thought to your relations as potential reality :/

    So awkward
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    May 23, 2014 12:24 PM GMT
    I always vote. My voice will be heard.
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    May 23, 2014 2:01 PM GMT
    This is the first time I've been able to vote and I did but I feel in a first past the post system in the general election my vote won't be heard so I probably won't bother. I love the European elections though because they are proportional representation elections.

    Unfortunately I know many people who vote for the smaller parties who have given up on voting because for over 20 years + their votes have never been heard. First past the post only benefits labour and conservative parties and that's why they will never change the system even though the head of the electoral commission keeps recommending changing our voting system icon_sad.gif
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    May 23, 2014 9:51 PM GMT
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    Blakes7 saidYou're both correct, except for the last statement. I have many straight, conservative friends and relatives who love us for who we are.

    Where did the idea come from that conservatives are all closeted gays? Not everyone is gay.


    Ehh

    My mom says she loves gay men but told me I'm a second class citizen...

    I extend this thought to your relations as potential reality :/

    So awkward


    In a way, maybe. Things have changed over the years. Quite a lot, in fact.
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    May 24, 2014 10:23 AM GMT
    I voted on Thursday. I do not believe Ukip (BNP-lite) will ever gain any real power in this country, but I'm not willing to sit around and let it happen through my own complacency. I voted Lib Dem. They have a strong presence here in the South West. They are very good on local issues and they are supportive of minorities and the EU.

    I wrote to my own Lib Dem MP, suggesting we suspend our strong defence ties with Brunei (we have Army jungle training facilities out there), in light of that country's recent introduction of stoning to death for homosexuality. He is writing to the Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary to suggest we do just that.
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    May 24, 2014 1:49 PM GMT
    Blakes7 saidYou're both correct, except for the last statement. I have many straight, conservative friends and relatives who love us for who we are.

    Where did the idea come from that conservatives are all closeted gays? Not everyone is gay.


    Not all Conservatives are closeted gays. However most closed gays usually turn out to be Conservative. I'd type a list but I'm sure there's a character limit here. icon_confused.gif
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    May 24, 2014 1:52 PM GMT
    I always vote, but I'm getting more and more apathetic about the whole system. It seems no matter who I vote for, I always end up getting lied to. A politician is a politician I suppose. I can't foresee getting really excited about voting again until we have a third party option.
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    May 24, 2014 1:56 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI always vote, but I'm getting more and more apathetic about the whole system. It seems no matter who I vote for, I always end up getting lied to. A politician is a politician I suppose. I can't foresee getting really excited about voting again until we have a third party option.
    I agree with you 100%. That is why I am disillusioned with the whole political and voting process. We definitely need to end the democratic-republican duopoly that has had a dictatorship like control over American politics for too damned long.
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    May 24, 2014 3:40 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidI always vote, but I'm getting more and more apathetic about the whole system. It seems no matter who I vote for, I always end up getting lied to. A politician is a politician I suppose. I can't foresee getting really excited about voting again until we have a third party option.


    I think the key is to get money out of politics. It's a lot worse in the U.S than here in the U.K.