In a few hours, I will be voting, I hope you will vote too
I'm going to vote when I'm done with work today. Luckily, the fire hall I vote at is 3 minutes from my house.
I don't care who anyone is voting for as long as you VOTE! Its free and its something a lot of humans are unable to do in their countries.
Already voted! Of course, my absentee ballot was at the NYC Board of Elections in Lower Manhattan last week, so it may be under 10 feet of water.
My fiance and I voted on Saturday and canceled each other out except for the House seat that was up. I feel like my other votes don't actually matter that much because of it.
Enty, I voted. Hope you have a Happy CDAN anniversary – entering year #6 for the blog? Congratulations .
I voted last week. I do feel my vote is futile being in Texas and it always going Republican. I could vote for any candidate and it doesn't really matter one way or another. But I always vote regardless.
Voted last Thursday. I also don't care who you vote for, as long as you have a logical reason for doing so. Just respect everyone's reason for voting they way they do.
the lines are amazing…going soon
Voted the very first day of early voting. Happy voting everyone!
donner – I'm in Texas, too, and I I now how you feel. I'm voting for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate. If the Libertarian party can get 5% of the vote, they don't have to use such a large percentage of their campaign funds merely to be placed on the ballot in the next election and they may actually be allowed to participate in the debates.
Voted a couple of weeks ago.
Donner my husband says the same thing, we are from Texas and currently live in Mississippi. I like to think that if everyone got out and voted it wouldn't be such an uneven contest, so I'm doing my part. Props on voting no matter. I still get just as excited as the first time I got to vote in bush vs gore. I'm a big nerd.
I was surprised that here in NE Ohio, it only took me 30 mins. this morning to vote (I usually end up spending an hour or so.)
Also it was nice to not see voter intimidation this year. (It was appalling in '08 to see how people were openly targeting other voters in line because they didn't "look" like they would be able to vote.)
My daughter is 18 and will be voting for the first time today. So excited for her.
Went before work this morning!
Vote NO twice in MINNESOTA!
I'm in Texas too and feel the same way, but (at least in Austin) I feel that my local vote counts.
@PugsterMom – My son is voting for the first time as well. He registered on campus – Mr. Browsing and I had no idea. They are going together to vote today. I'm in PA where the stakes are high. We had 18 recorded campaign messages on our phone last night when we got home!
While I love the US, I think I speak for the rest of the world when I say…just vote and get it over with. We are sick of hearing about your two choices.
@goes – HECK YEAH!
I'll be voting after work. In Minnesota, we have two big constitutional amendments on the ballot. One for Voter ID where they haven't even ironed out all the details, and one to ban gay marriage. My brother put it best yesterday – A good rule of thumb is not to vote for a constitutional amendment unless it gives people rights.
@ange actually u speak for Americans too
I think it would be nice if we all agreed that this shouldn't be a thread for campaigning. Lets try to keep it positive in here today and be respectful of each other.
That said, I'm voting after work and I hope the lines aren't too long.
@Ange & Kat – We actually have more than two choices. I wish more people would realize that.
I'm in Illinois, so my vote for president doesn't really count. But we do vote to maintain judges, which effects me much more directly than what the POTUS does.
So, even if you don't like either presidential candidate, it's still important to vote for local candidates too!
Amber, I'm stealing your brother's logic:" A good rule of thumb is not to vote for a constitutional amendment unless it gives people rights." Let's get him elected, somewhere:)
I'm in a swing state, so I will be voting later. Like Disco, I am voting for Gary Johnson also.
I'm in the US on a working visa so can't vote. I do pay taxes and am affected in pretty much the same way as US citizens so please fo vote wisely for me!
@SusanB, exactly what I told my daughter this morning. She is 7 and said she is sad that she wouldn't vote for my candidate.
Happy Election Day everyone. Let's keep it peaceful!
I'm in Georgia… And I'm voting as soon as I suck down a cup of coffee.
@Agent – maybe some day! He's starting law school in the fall, and has been a delegate for quite a while. Pretty proud of him
I'm in CA. The outcome of the propositions is more of a question mark than how we will vote for president!
@ange – we're all sick of it too. I can't remember the last time I saw a commercial on TV that wasn't political. The TV stations must have made a fortune selling them. I almost look forward to seeing a car or food commercial!
I tried to vote, found out my voter registration change didn't go through in 2009, drove an hour south to my hometown, voted, and drove back up to work.
And now I'm drinking a bathtub's worth of coffee after my adventure.
If you don't vote, you can't complain about whomever becomes President. That's my logic!
Agree with those who say let's keep it positive and also avoid campaigning. That said, Husband and I are voting later today, and I hope you all do as well! Voter turnouts in this country have been abysmal for awhile. It really is a shame, considering what people in other countries go through to vote, or those who lack the ability to vote completely. Don't voluntarily give up your voice!
Voted absentee the second I got my ballot in the mail, which was the tail end of September.
I was a huge political junkie when I was younger – even have a degree in poli sci – but living in a swing state the past several presidential campaigns has killed that pretty much dead. I did manage to feel a twinge of geeky excitement last night, and reading on twitter about people voting today made me tear up a bit this morning, but mostly I'm just so ready to be done.
It would be nice if even HALF the money spent on ads could have gone to charity instead. It makes me ill how much has been spent. I can recite some of the ads by heart now. And I can safely say not one of them has made me change my mind about a candidate, except to like them less than I did to begin with. What a waste.
As politically divided as our country is, it truly is refreshing to see people agree not to use this as a "campaign thread". I was happy to note that my circle of friends on FB is the same way, though I know we don't all agree there either.
My vote is cast, I am going to Barnes and Noble tonight and hiding out there to avoid the news. Maybe I will flip on the TV tomorrow to see who won LOL, if they can even tell by then ;>.
I live in Oregon. We vote by mail, but I'm still excited and nervous! This is an important election!! May the best person win!
@portlandjewel – no one can vote by going to a polling place? It's only by mail? Wow!
#39 at my polling place…In line 30 minutes before polls opening…
I worked a 16 hour shift. just got off. i have 8 hours in between my last shift and my next 16 hour shift. i am gonna make the time to vote. No excuses!
I'm in Ohio, so I'm so glad this election is almost behind us! So many phone calls, door knocks, and don't get me started on the money spent to mail me postcards that went straight to recycling! There were 12 just yesterday. Too bad I'd already voted.
For those that haven't voted yet, know that there are 6 candidates for president. NOT JUST 2. So, if you don't want to vote for Romney or Obama, there are 4 other choices. I suggest Jill Stein from the Green Party.
Anyway, I'm going later when I'm more awake.
It really doesn't matter who I vote for in the Presidential election because my state is blood red. I still voted 2 weeks ago though and only had to wait 10 minutes. I love early voting.
@kegela2 The sad part though is that until our country can possibly come to grips with the horror of having more than 2 main parties, votes for those candidates, in a close election, are largely a waste. I say this as someone who voted for 3rd parties in 2004 and 2008. I did not do so this time.
I voted. But I just kind of feel like they are humoring is to vote since it's the electoral colleges that matterk and they don't always vote majority.
Sorry, sent this from my phone. Typos aplenty!
Yes, we have no polling places. Everyone votes by mail. Very progressive, polling places are expensive and inconvenient! Enough money has already been wasted on this election! A billion $$$ for the presidental campaign alone! Meanwhile, people are hungry and we are in a financial/economic crisis! Sorry got off track:)
I voted for Nader in 2000. That makes me want to cry now.I thought I could change the world in my 20's!
Thank you for setting such a good example!
@swaysway – the electoral college does vote for the majority – in the state they represent, not the total popular vote in the country.
The electoral college was created to ensure that voters in sparsely populated states had a say in the Presidential election. The result is that as a citizen of California, my vote for President is meaningless. Of course, that means we weren't bombarded with even more ads, etc. However, in California and I imagine the same applies to other states, there are important state and local issues on the ballot. it was annoying/ insulting that the candidates only came here for fundraisers.
I voted for John Anderson way back when! Now i would consider that a wasted vote.
Glad to hear everybody in the USA going to 'exercise their franchise' !I don't care who anyone votes for, it makes me sad when people don't. Too many good people died to give us our right to vote for us to let them down. Hope the lines aren't too bad, or weather etc and everyone gets in and out!
Just got home from voting – I realized halfway back that they didn't give me a sticker
Mailed my ballot Saturday. Lots going on in Washington, crossing my fingers!
I'm reposting what I posted to Facebook this morning.
Happy election day!
Today is the one day when you can make a difference. I don't care if you live in an all blue or all red state. There are plenty of local races that can be won or lost today because of your vote. Get out there and do your duty as an American!
And tonight, when the ballots are (mostly) counted, please keep in mind: 1) No candidate is really as evil as they have been portrayed by the months of hyperbole and memes. 2) The world won't end because your candidate lost 3) There are many people in this country who have legitimate opinions that are different than yours. That's called diversity, and it's what makes our country great. 4) Let's give our elected politicians a chance to be effective — even if they weren't YOUR choice, they were elected by a plurality of the people — and practice compromise rather than divisive politics.
Going to vote with my 7 year son by my side!
Voted at 7am. My favorite part of voting is finding out what celebs live in my neighborhood (as they're standing in line to vote)!!
@seachica – BRAVO!!!
Just voted, 1/2 hour in and out. Heard it was much longer in the morning…Here in New York they change our polling place every election…so crazy.
Both Wifey and I mailed our votes in here in California about two weeks ago. BO is expected to win this state by a solid margin. We are in Santa Barbara now, so if anyone knows of a bar or pub to watch the polling returns, let us know.
@portlandjewel – same here in Washington state. All mail in voting. I moved here a year ago, and am incredibly impressed with the process. They verify your signature, and you can confirm online that your ballot was received and signature verified. I voted a week ago, and did it from the convenience of my own home. I was able to research every issue/candidate before I cast my vote. Turnout is expected to be 81% — that's HUGE compared to other states! And it is all done more cost effectively. Yay for the PNW states! I feel like this should be the model for all other states.
Any chance that other Seattle area folks will be watching results at Town Hall tonight?
have work till 5, followed by class till 10:( Thank goodness I remembered to order an absentee! My sister is driving mine over after the crowd dies down a little. Unfortunately the polling place isnt open before I leave for work.
Seachica, hope you don't mind that I swiped the FB status you posted upthread. Very well said!
@poovey-you do realize a crapload of money spent on these ads were paid for by charities and non profits themselves right?
I voted. Hope my guy wins!
The powers that be already have their president. All this business today is just to put on a show to make us, the public, believe that we have an ounce of control in the government.
In and out in 10 minutes. Now i get to wear my little "I Voted" sticker all day.
@Mary – please share away!
@Seachica – no, not me, but this is the one night where the TV will be on ALL NIGHT LONG.
Love your status, btw. I've been off FB for over a week now – I got very tired of the political stuff. Tomorrow I figure it'll be over, and I can check in again.
@Pugster mom – you just had to rub it in, didn't you?
(bummed I didn't get a sticker)
Pugster Mom: Me, too–it was my first Presidential election, and in retrospect, I would have voted differently. *sigh*
Got up early, was at polling place around 7:45, and it still took over 1.5 hours to get in and actually vote–they're expecting a record turnout in MA; I'm guessing largely because of the Senate race. I also did something I've been meaning to do for years now: I made a big batch of brownies & took them over for the poll workers in my ward. It turned out a friend of mine was working over there today ("Chip, what are you doing here?"), and could vouch for the quality of my baked goods, so there ought to be some very happy (and very energetic) folks at my polling place today. Perhaps it'll give my candidates of choice a bit of a karmic boost?…
I just voted! Woot woot!
I heard in at least one Connecticut city they ran out of stickers by 11am. I hope I get one bc it's special!
I never cared about voting bc I feel like whoever "they" want to win will win. Sorry I'm so cynical. But it was once I started paying attention to world news and saw people being killed for voting, or walking miles to vote, just to have the same dictator "win" anyways, now I'm happy to go through the motions at least for them. And remember the images of beaming Iraqis showing their inked fingers on the news? That's all I need to get of my lazy ass to drive a half mile to color in some circles.
I avoided the comments on this post until now when I couldn't resist to look lol. I'm so happy nobody has said who they voted for. I hate seeing the judgement especially between strangers!
My husband was told by someone from the DNC that our votes don't matter because we live in Connecticut. But I'm supposed to go out today and pretend that voting is important and that there's a big difference between the two presidential candidates. I haven't missed voting in 30 years and I will vote today because there are local issues on the ballot.
Voting is still important. I too live in a DNC giveaway state, in IL. But, the congressional races still matter very, very much. I pay more attention to those than the presidential ones.
Sometimes there isn't a lot you can do about the presidential choice but you can vote for gridlock to prevent them from doing too much damage.
Also state and local issues come up and those you definitely want to pay attention there.
If you encounter or hear of voting issues, contact ELECTION PROTECTION 1-866-OUR-VOTE. Spread the word!
Also, apparently some people have been posting photos from inside the voting booth on their facebook pages. Luckily, none of my friends have been that dumb, but if they find out, your vote gets voided.
I'm voting my heart.And since I've been grooving on this song all morning (it just makes me smile) I'll sharehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8B1bvozc78
Yes on measure 80 in Oregon – Legalize and tax it!Green for non medicinal purposes ( in small amounts )
And I'm writing in Ron Paul. It's the only way I can live with myself. Rand Paul 2016 y'all!
So much for not advertising who we voted for here….
@katsm – i get what you're saying, but it doesn't bother me as much when people talk about candidates other than obama and romney, since they won't actually win and it does spread awareness that there are other choices as well – and if that awareness spreads enough, one of those alternative candidates might actually have a shot eventually.
Voted almost two weeks ago!
Waited in line for 40 minutes in Tulsa Oklahoma. In 13 years I have never waited that long to vote, not even four years ago (which was the very first time I had to stand in line to vote). Loved every second of the wait and really loved it when the precinct worker allowed the mom with a screaming two year old to cut the line!
I live in a Banana Republic. No point in voting. All elections are fixed in my state.
Voting, whatta joke! I've got better things to do today than participate in make believe
Voted today. Drank a few coffees waiting in line. Probably a mistake. I'm feeling good about my choice winning. I just hope they can call it tonight rather then drag it out for days.
@cathy it's a can of worms. It starts with a harmless post about a third party which slowly morphs into everyone getting comfortable and announcing their votes. Then the fights begin. It has to be stopped before it gets started at all!
@Seachica, I'd also like to copy and post what you wrote above if I may (credited to "anonymous")
I live in Michigan, and sadly Gary Johnson's not even on the ballot here. I would have voted for him if he had been.
On the plus side, the poll managers didn't object to my carrying my maltese in with me. She sat cuddled up in a fleece jacket on my lap. Dogs just make everything better.
3 hours in line waiting, but now it's done. Voted!
Mission accomplished! Voting complete!
Good Lord, you folks saying "why vote" probably should just stick to gossip sites.
Pisses me off. You know, we're lucky to have a say in the matter (even if you think it doesn't matter. You're wrong, btw)
You DO count. You DO have a say.
At the very least you can look back and preach that you freaking VOTED. Even if your guy didn't win Because hey, if he didn't it's not because of you…since you voted and all
If that Measure 80 gets passed in Oregon I'll suck a dick I'll be so happy.
@Ingrid – I hope for the sake of whomever is on the receiving end that Measure 80 passes
I voted this morning. I live right near my polling place and there was already a long long line wrapped around the building at 6:45am! BIG turnout!
The old people can't seem to keep up with checking people in/out. They probably should have hired younger volunteers for an election of this magnitude (I'm In Massachusetts) but at least they weren't grumpy. It just smelled like Old Spice and death when you get inside to vote.
I can't agree with you. I personally think it is worth it to vote if for nothing else but the congressional and local issues. But I am not going to take anyone to task if they choose not to exercise their right to vote. They just don't get to complain about who is in office in front of me is all.
I will probably get hated on, but frankly I do get annoyed with all of the pseudo-virtuous people who chest thump about voting. We are not likely to turn into a banana republic anytime soon if some people choose not to vote despite people's dire predictions about the issue of not voting.
Freedom does include those people who choose to skip out on their right. It's not a smart choice but it IS a choice.
I voted so Sophia Bush wouldn't get angry at me:
Unfortunately, your vote only counts in the swing states. I'm in a blue state, so my vote unfortunately won't count. I still voted, but it won't matter.
Yes, one vote is not likely to make a difference in the outcome, but imagine what it would be like if EVERYONE held that belief.
I am Canadian but will be glued to the television all night to watch the results, i love politics, I have volunteered in seven elections. If I could have afforded it I would have been down there door knocking and Burma shaving.
I think we are pretty safe from a voterless election in the forseeable future. Look at how divided people are on the issues. The voting booths are going to get quite a workout for many elections to come.
I wish we could do it by mail here! I am dreading the line I'll have to wait in after work.
Lurky,I agree. It's those who don't vote but then complain that get on my nerves to be honest. The one's who say "why vote"? Yet pitch themselves into every political discussion and such. You are absolutely right, it's a choice (as well as a right) to vote. Choose not to do so, please don't complain.
OT: Amber, are your nostrils coming out from the sides of your nose or is my computer weird?If so, how did you do that?? PS?
i love you guys. i, too, did not want to check this thread, but now i see it is quite positive.
very impressed with how read up many of us are, and how aware we are of the 3rd party candidates.
i am very skeptical about the system, the entire system, but i voted early, and will be praying for improvements in our country and economy, regardless of today's results.
I voted in Ohio, where my vote actually counts!…j/k happy Election Day y'all
I don't mind people talking about who they voted for. I just hate when it becomes, "HOW CAN YOU VOTE FOR THOSE ASSHOLES? I HOPE YOU DIE!!!!!" It's getting so bad that you can't discuss politics unless you know that the person you are talking to agrees with you.
It used to be, "Hey I'm for Carter, you're for Reagan." Now you get a sermon with namecalling and threats.
I voted by mail weeks ago. I'm lazy, but I care!
Soooooooo if I don't trust the system and don't trust or like either candidate, I'm required to go vote anyway or else I'm not allowed to speak my mind regarding politics. Yup makes sense.
Just here, right now, please don't rain on our parade. We are all excited and happy to go vote. It's like when another religion is celebrating their high holy day, you don't say, well your religion is dumb. You just smile at them slaughtering a lamb or lighting special candles and just do your own thing. Let's not be mean to non voters and non voters please don't tell us that we are wasting our time. Everyone has their personal, private reasons for what they do.
I think that anyone who says that they don't like "either" candidate should educate themselves a little more about the options. And even if none of the third party candidates appeal to you, surely there must be local proposals that you'd like to have a say in? There is nothing wrong with leaving some fields blank on the ballot, but I think it's lazy to use not liking any of the presidential candidates as a reason to not vote AT ALL.
So.. for those of us in Texas… some interesting early voting numbers. According to the Secretary of State's page, in the 2008 general elections, there were 8,460,139 registered voters in the 15 major counties and 3,556,156 (42.03%) of them voted. In early voting this year, there were 8,653,889 registered voters with 3,407,497 (39.38%) having voted. The largest drop in early voting this year goes to Travis County (home of Austin for non-Texas ), amazingly. 2008 showed 49.06% of registered voters voted early, in 2012 only 37.40%. I was surprised by that.
Just voted. Thankfully it is like a 1 minute walk to my polling place and it wasn't busy at the time I did it. It gets very busy at certain times of the day.
I fine with other people going to vote. And actually remember the excitement I had when I used to vote before I realized how corrupt the system is. Just like you all are exercising your right to vote I'm exercising my right not to vote.
I'm just done playing the game
@figgy — please share away! I'm so glad that people want to get the word out about the importance of voting and of civil discourse. I'm excited that my words are so meaningful to others!
Seachica add me to the list if people who loved your FB status and swiped it I was in and out of my voting place in 10 minutes and will be rocking my "I voted" sticker all day
Just came back from voting. It's the first time ever that I had to stand in line and wait to get a ballot. I'm amazed there were so many people there.
@ABlake – I guess I just have a wider nose? The photo was taken by a photog friend, and as far as I know the only adjustments made were B&W and likely contrasty stuff. He had me sitting beneath a pendant light, looking up, so that would be why the bridge of my nose is brighter. IDK I guess I'm just funny-looking!
Voted with my 2 and a half year old in the great state of Michigan this morning. I gave him a soaring speech about the importance of voting and how exciting it will be when he gets to vote. FYI: I'm a Political Science professor so I get all kinds of nerdy about the political process.
His response, "Can I bring my monster truck with me?"
@seachica – I just posted your comment on my Facebook page as well. I post there maybe twice a year but thought this would be worth it.
@discoflux – unfortantly that does not surprise me, Austin has had low voter turnout for awhile now and they are really trying to improve the turnout especially on off election years. I voted early last week with no wait but I was pleasently surprised and to see and hear about large turnout and lines last Friday. So far today I have heard that there are long lines everywhere.
I have to wait until after work and fully expect to be in line 1-2 hours. It won't have any effect on the Presidential results, but there are so many other important local and state initiatives on the ballot -its worth the wait!
To all of you who say "My vote doesn't count cause I live in a red (or blue) state" – it's possible through your actions to change the color of your state in the future. Obviously too late for this year, but in the future – if you want to change your state, it starts with you! Get involved, do volunteer work with the party of your choice, etc.
And in the future, when the Libertarian party does come into its own, wonder what color they'll make THOSE states!
@SusanB – Puce?
I like Rachel Maddow's take on it: Here's the deal, you don't vote for them that's why they're called RIGHTS. But Amber and Agent I get what you mean. Amen
Ew, I just read the history of how the color puce got its name. I revoke the suggestion.
And Andy that is absolutely your perogative. Casting no shade on you. I respect your choice.
Done! I want to change my pic but is it possible on an iphone?
@susanb libertarians adopted the color yellow. anarcho-capitalists, voluntaryists, etc usually use yellow and black in their graphics. would love to see some orange and green come up on the map in 2016…
@AndyCane – you'd better be doing a lot to improve the system, if you're going to claim that you don't trust the system enough to vote. Are you campaigning for better voting tools? Are you working on the grass roots level to foster better candidates for the future? Are you actively working to investigate and publicize specific incidents in which the system is corrupt? Or are you just trolling on here with your "the system is bad. me no likey" attitude? Because all talk and no action is not impressive.
Wow! How long do you guys get to vote? Was it extended because of Sandy? Here in Aus, voting is compulsory and we only get ONE day to do it! And if you don't, you are looking at a $50 fine. Anyways, I'm really excited about election day as well! I've been so involved, I wish I could cast a vote too! Our news has been ALL over the election for like the past year if not more. Good luck guys!
@katsm0711 I don't think it is. I think you have to do it via a comp because the Bloggger interface only gives you an option to either enter in a url or upload a pic from comp.
Legitimate opinions won't get you pregnant, at least
@redronnie Same here…The politicians in the US are way more interesting than the ones we have in Canada. There's lots of Obama-love up here….
@Amber I love yr new pic, also liked your old one.
I voted a few days ago in early voting. Now, see, I would have said my vote probably wouldn't count because my state is one colour or the other — but last election, my state went entirely the other direction because people voted.
My very dear husband and I almost always cancel one another's votes.
But I am one of those who believes if you don't vote, you ought not complain about the results. Just as if I ask my family what they want for supper and they say, "Oh, I don't care. Whatever," then they'd better eat 'whatever' and shut up about it.
Just got back from voting. Took about a half hour to wait and 3 minutes to actually vote.
I did not give my vote to either of the two main candidates. I would rather waste my vote on someone else.
But, my city had a proposal on whether to decriminalize marijuana, so of course I voted YES. Not many people knew about it, so I'm posting it all over my facebook so my pot head friends can get off their asses and at least vote for that.
Just got back from voting. 1 person in line in front of me. In and out with no problems!
Voted! Obama and Elizabeth Warren. Scott Brown needs to booted so badly from office here in Mass.
Oh and I voted in support of right to die measures that patients can go over with their doctors. I believe everyone should be afforded that dignity if there is no hope of life.
I love the vote by mail in Oregon. Sensible, easy. I'm in Florida now. We can choose to vote by mail if we like, and of course I did. Even took my ballot to the post office to mail it, not trusting my mail carrier to get it there.
One thing nice about voting by mail, it's an open book test. We had about ten constitutional amendments proposed, and I had no clue what most of them were trying to say, so I went to the League of Women Voters website for an interpretation, and then made my choices.
I voted Saturday in my swing state. I do have friends from California psyched to vote here for the first time.
@Tuxedo – Thank you
@misspeg – Some states have early voting before election day. Early voting in Texas was Oct. 22-Nov. 2 but it must be in person voting. Some states allow early voting by mail as well. in early voting you can vote at any polling location but you must vote within your precinct if you wait until election day.
I love your post Seachica!
I think that all you people are amazing for being able to say that you voted and enouraging others to vote but not making this a political post. Sniff sniff we've come so far. You guys rock.
My vote really doesn't matter the way the rules are rigged. My state has not given a single electoral vote to a presidential candidate of my party since 1976, a year before I was eligible to vote. They haven't elected a senator from my party since Lloyd Benson in the 1980's. And I've always lived in congressional districts gerrymandered so only one party can possibly compete.
So basically I've been voting since 1978 and my vote has almost never made any difference in the result of an election. It's really a futile gesture, but I keep doing it. I guess I could move to a more liberal state, but all my family, friends & loved ones are here.
@portlandjewel 7:53 am
That was 12 years ago, your world was different then. As anyone's age progresses (changes), so should their lifestyle, family, income, education…all situations. If your political views don't evolve then you aren't truly living. No regrets!
@Seachica I am doing what I can in my own ways to improve my life and my community. I own a small business and employ about 50 people. It's not much but it's something. I volunteer on a weekly basis at the local elementary school. I raise my children to be open minded, kind caring and individuals. I feel like it doesn't matter who wins the election because Romney and Obama are just the puppets of a bigger problem. Even if by some miracle a grass roots candidate were to win, do you really think any of their ideals would make it through the congress, the senate? Hell no! Giving attention to, and expecting compassionate action from, elected officials who are preselected and carried by multinational corporations will certainly leave one disappointed. Because our current system of democracy only perpetuates our division, it doesn't allow for an order in which to unify, and therefore will never lead to peace. A system that speaks in terms of "us and them" cannot grasp ideas of equality or interconnectedness as a system seeking only personal gain cannot reach it's fullest expression of symbiosis. Only until we consciously change our perception from one of groups, divisions, factions, and an "us and them" mindset to an all encompassing view of unity, solidarity and a mind of "one," may we find a sense and foundation of inner peace, from which we may exercise to reshape our reality. Facing fears, confronting personal insecurities and becoming more self sufficient are the ultimate revolutionary acts. Appoint yourself as decider and chief right now and every day will be election day.It's sad that my differing opinion comes off as trolling.
Sorry for the long post, I guess I got on a rant. Love you all and thanks @Sherry I really appreciate that and I respect your choice and everyone elses as well.
This is my 3rd presidential election, I still get chills when I get to vote (yes, I'm a nerd)… I vote in every election, but there is something really special about the presidential election! Also, I live in a state that is usually red, but last time we went blue which made me proud! I never vote straight ticket, but am more liberal than not so it was nice to see that you can have an impace!
I can dig it!
Thanks @miss well I'm home now and there's my proof not a single person in front of me, in and out, and the usual girl scouts were there as always selling cookies. It's such a good feeling to vote I love it!!!
So why aren't you voting in local races? For local propositions or candidates? Citing us not just about presidential politics. It is participating at all levels, and is the single responsibility we have to society as citizens. Leave the presidential ticket blank of you can't get behind anyone. Don't vote for federal offices. But the judge who is running in your district sure hasn't been selected by the corporate structure. Nor has the local school board member.
Congrats to you for owning a business. That is extremely important. But that doesn't make you above civic responsibility.
The first election after I turned 18 was in 1976. I was very excited about voting, and am proud to say that I've never missed an election. VOTE! It's such a privilege. Never take it for granted. I also think if you don't vote, you lose your right to complain about the people who won.
I originally had a long spiel written out about why I'm not voting in just my local elections but have decided this says it best:I'm am showing my dissatisfaction in this system by not participating. It's not been an easy decision but it's the way I feel is best to say I'M FED UP. And I'm sorry if this gets posted twice, my smart phone is not being so smart.
Andy you didn't stop playing the game, you took yourself out of it.
As a Canadian who wishes she could vote or at least get rid of OUR ASSHAT, please DO NOT TELL PEOPLE THEIR VOTES DO NOT COUNT UNLESS THEY ARE IN A SWING STATE.
THAT SHIT IS IRRESPONSIBLE.
Love it! Thanks for sharing.
Fun! Democracy in action!
I have voted every year there was an election since I was 18. I used to get excited about the change I could make, and once felt it was incredibly important to go out do my civic duty. In the last few years I have come to feel that it's all futile. I relate closer to a blue but live in a red state where it just doesn't matter. Although, now I choose not to label myself blue or red just as an American that feels helpless to the great and powerful wizard of oz.
@jax I'm not saying your vote doesn't count unless you are in a swing state (which for president it is actually kinda true) but that it doesn't matter who wins.Romney/Obama are just the same shit in different packaging. They don't care about our best interests, they only care about the interests of those that are filling their pockets.I'm not telling people not to vote I'm only saying why I'm not. Maybe in four years it will change but as for right now I'm done.
One last thing: YAY! jax responded to something I posted. Now I really feel like apart of the Cdan commenting community. Now if I could only get a response from Himmmm, than I will really feel special. (that was not meant to come our sarcastic if it did. I actually am really excited about this. I am a dork)
How thoughtful of you! I grew up in Mass.
So sorry! Unfortunately I lost my sticker somehow…
I found out that my 18 year old daughter voted for the opposite party. I'm still in shock. Her Dad, my ex hubby, is thrilled. Actually I'm fine. I'm proud that we're all part of the process. I don't always vote along party lines. I've strayed 3 times in presidential elections.
Count me in on the following- voted, proudly wears sticker, loves both this one and Ambers old prof pic, old enough to have a son who gets to vote for the first time, proud cause he knew where to go because "it's the same place you took me to every time you voted, right?", thinks Sea said it best, stoked on this thread for being way less infammatory than I expected, would also be proud if jax ever responded to me!
Mailed my ballot days ago. I don't know why everyone in Calif doesn't do absentee. Even if you leave it to the last minute, you can drop it in the box and skip the queue.
Andy., lucky you I know lots of people that refused to vote for Pres. because they didn't like the snake oil either candidate was selling. Of course they could have voted Libertarian…..
Now Agent**It! I love tonight
We will trade Harper for Obama, plus toss in Baird..our prime minister just signed an agreement with china without parliament debate…he and the conservative party ran on transparency and accountability..about 35percent of register voters showed up at the ballot box, the rest stayed home. Silly buggers..every vote does count..three more years of conservative rule.
I've never been more courted than I have been here in Florida. Romney and Obama have been here so many times, I think more in the past week than any other state I've ever lived in. We waited in line last week in South Miami for 6 hours…only to be told I had to vote with a provisional ballot. They couldn't find my registration. Haven't missed an election since '88 and don't want to start now.
Not only voted, but walked to my polling place in the drizzle with 45 physical degrees and 36 WC degrees and a cold. But it was very important I made it to the polls to vote against two pretty crappy things on the ballot today .. an anti-gay marriage amendment and a voter ID amendment. And of course vote for President and my local Senator .. Ms. Amy Klobuchar. So .. it was worth the drama.
Needless to say, it broke my heart to read that there were folks on Twitter proudly proclaiming they weren't voting. If they only could add up all the numbers of people who are so proudly proclaiming they are not voting and realize if those people voted we could really effect serious change. It is disheartening to think of.
lakeuniongirl,Oh that happened to me in 2000 in FL. You will eventually get a letter in the mail telling you if your provisional ballot counted or not. Watch for it. You were moved off the polls and they will have to tell you why. It will take a few months. Very disheartening experience.
Don't comment very often because I love to lurk and just read, but…a big shout out to all those who got out to vote today! I was absentee ballot (military) and voted a couple of weeks ago.
Huge support of gay rights, women's choice, a fellow Chicagoan, and a lover of Obama: but I just couldn't do it this time. Call me a hypocrite or whatever but in my job field I just see too much abuse of a system that I thought I'd try my hand Republican this time.
I was reading a few of the posts about people not getting out to vote and it wasn't until I got into the military, after college, that I encountered a lot of "not voters". I was raised (by my crazy grandma), that as a woman, it is my duty to vote for those ancestors before me who did not have the right to, and for all of those in world who would give their left leg to be able to. This was BEFORE I was in the military – that's why it's crazy to hear all those who say they won't/don't vote because it doesn't matter. I guess I will never understand but to each their own.
@Desert.Fox I tend to agree. With most things in life there is at least some trade-off, but I just can't see a downside to voting. The very worst thing that could happen if you vote? You wasted a couple minutes of your life standing in line and filling out a ballot and absolutely nothing changed. But there are so many upsides to voting, it shouldn't even be a question, even to the most pragmatic. You lose close to nothing and at least have the potential to change the country. Also, as you pointed out, what about considering it a tribute to those who have been or are currently disenfranchised? I understand being frustrated with the system, and definitely empathize, but it still seems to me that it's such a monumental honor and duty to vote, I can't understand why you wouldn't.
Obama has won reelection according to cable news.
I walked by Maria Cantwell (Sen, WA-D) in the lobby of the building I work in this morning. Man, she is not aging well. Only a few years older than me and looks like she's about to qualify for Medicare.
To all of you fine Washingtonians who voted for I-502, I offer my personal thanks.
YES!!!! Congratulations to all my American friends and best wishes to those who did not bother to cast a ballot but were a part of the discussion
BOOM! HAHAHAHAHA*THROWS CONFETTI *
B.P., did I 502 pass ?
Wheee I'm so excited! I am so ridiculously upset about my new governor, but still pretty happy with the other results.Today was my 2 year old's third election!
I-502 is being projected the by Seattle Times (which is a conservative paper) to pass.
Finally!!!! Fuck, it's only 30 years late, but whatever, we'll take it.
Every citizen should use a right to vote to choose government !! Accident lawyer
Congratulations, my American friends!
I feel the same way you do, Jax.
B.P. we can't even get it on the ballot in FL. Congrats, that was a well written initiative.
Could someone explain what is going on with Minnesota?
Proud to be an American!
Thank you Lite! I wish more were like you
Congrats to the Colorado recreational Marijuana users! I only passed through there once with my friends band, but I really liked it; reminded me a lot of Downtown Portland (I believe it was Boulder?).
FOR SHAME OREGON! Still a lot of really uptight people here…
Very proud to be a citizen an America that has elected a black man president twice. Not because he is black, not necessarily because of his ideology, but because he is perhaps the most competent president this nation has had since Roosevelt.
You mean since Clinton.
Oy, I'm so glad it's over.
I'm very relieved and pleased at the outcome.
I was afraid to go to sleep before they both spoke.
Florida, I forgive you for Al Gore. Thanks.
Oh and yay Elizabeth Warren!
Ingrid, you'll only have to pop over the bridge to buy our fine Washington sinse legally. Except not because, as everyone knows, WA going full legalization essentially means full legalization for Oregon…and then California…and then….
Obama is a more competent president than Bill Clinton. Remember the cigar incident. 'Nuff said.
Obama may not be destined to be a more competent president than Hillary Clinton though.
Voted here in Staten Island, a little line but not bad. Took my five year old and he thought it was cool
I respect those who made a decision not to vote, everyone has a choice. And happy to see that we have been able to discuss this without it getting out of hand.
Very happy Canadian over here! LOL More than anything, I'm thrilled that voter turnout was so high, especially among groups that don't normally have a high turnout. Congrats, America. Regardless of who you voted for, YOU VOTED, and that's the best part.
OK I lied, the best part is NO ROMNEY. But the voter turnout is an extremely close second. LOL
OH, and if anyone wonders why a Canadian, or anyone in ANY other country, has an opinion on this, well, you guys have a significant effect on us, too. So, we care. We have to.
Good god! The oldest Obama daughter is almost as tall as Michelle. When did that happen?
Where did the last four years go?
SO glad its over. never has an election seemed to drag on so freaking long…my kids wanted to watch election night(???). that was weird. they care about the election process, and were following different measurers and races. i'm feeling especially old now.
Stay klassy, Beyonce http://iam.beyonce.com/post/35184779714
I'm proud to've voted. 4 MORE YEARS!
Happy with the election(s) nationwide. Very disappointed about the GMO thing in Cali though. Probably shouldn't be surprised, as I read that the monied interests put ads into convincing people the price of food would increase if passed.
I'm gonna join the kkkk and buy a gunn
@oralangee Back in the troll closet with you!! Classy name by the way.
Racist bitch! Better practice on yourself first with that gun, just to make sure it works.
How can you live with so much hatred inside yourself? Get some help cause you sure frickin need it.
Sarah, she never was classy to begin with:)
@agent I agree. She is just awful, I don't get why so many worship her
@AndyCane, I agree.
I never got a sticker either! Such blasphemy
I live in NY and my pollng station stays the same. Must differ by county
@Benny – I'm as happy as you are about I-502. Today is a good day! Nice to wake up to sunshine, too.
Our votes don't really matter!
I did not vote this year. First time not voting. I just couldn't get on board with either candidate. While I'm pretty fatalistic about our country in general, I am at peace with who won and had to laugh at all the melodramatic Facebook posts I saw yesterday about the world coming to an end. ::eyeroll::