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Other reasons why you should vote on Election Day

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You’ve gone through the reasons why you should vote on Election Day, and you might not be that impressed. The good news is that there are very good reasons why you should vote and what you should think about as you go to the voting booth.

— For Obama fans, who gets onto the Supreme Court and other federal judge slots.

If you haven’t been satisfied about Obama’s Supreme Court picks because you think they aren’t liberal enough, and you don’t vote today, you should reconsider based on the courts.

Nominees have generally sailed through, at least Supreme Court picks. Things will get much worse for the Dems if the Senate margin gets narrowed or if the GOP takes control.

Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy are both 74 years old. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 77 years old and has had health problems. Stephen Breyer is 72 years old. And if you think Obama is going to get re-elected, that would be six more years, the same length as the Senate seats that could be won by names such as O’Donnell, Angle, Miller, and Paul.

— The redrawing of Congressional districts.

For those who say midterm elections aren’t important, there is a special significance to elections in years that end in 0. The party in charge of the House, Senate, and governor’s chair gets to control (in most states) the redrawing of the Congressional districts based on the 2010 census.

Despite the pleas of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), people filled out the census forms. And the Congressional districts will change based on those results. Look for yet another decade where seats leave the Midwest and go to the Southwest.

— Holding your nose and voting is better than not voting.

The criticism of “both candidates stink” or some other equivalent word rings so hollow. Okay, so the candidates aren’t that exciting. The time to determine the candidates seems like a long time ago. Holding your nose and voting may not sound appealing. But it could be worse.

And if you really feel that way, vote for a third party candidate. People think they are wasting their votes on a third party candidate. But the more people who vote, the more politicians of all stripes will be intimidated by the wrath of the voter. Do you feel like politicians are really scared of you. Voting scares the hell out of them.

— Not voting in all the races on the ballot.

Some people freak out over voting for judges or “lesser” races on the ballot. While the position of this blog is that you should vote in every race where you feel comfortable, it is better to vote in a few races than not vote at all.

A few minutes every two years, not counting local elections, is a very small sacrifice to make for being a citizen.

— People died for the right to vote.

Okay, this might seem like a cliche. But it’s true. Really true. People died so black people can vote. Women. Other minorities. Some people work hard to deny legitimate U.S. citizens of their right to vote — in 2010. Shouldn’t you work just as hard to make sure you vote?

— Fool the pundits as well.

The MSM isn’t afraid of you political power prowess. But it might be if you vote in droves. The pundits always tell us that midterm elections don’t draw nearly as many people as presidential elections. And our turnout for presidential elections stinks.

— One election doesn’t signify “change.”

Seriously, did you think all the problems in Washington would be solved in two years? If you voted for Obama in 2008 because you wanted things to be different, and you don’t vote in 2010, you have yourself to blame. We all can argue that Obama and the Dems haven’t done enough. But the ability to go backward becomes active if the GOP gains the House, the Senate, or both.

And if you didn’t vote for Obama in 2008, and you like what he has done, continue the change.

For those who didn’t vote for Obama, and don’t like what he has done, all I ask is that you vote depends on reality, not made-up stuff from right-wing talk shows. If you work from facts, and still vote against Obama and the Dems, some people will disagree with you, but will respect your position.  And besides, you already are going to vote, so you don’t need this brand of help.



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  1. Other reasons why you should vote on Election Day « Democracy Soup…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

    World Spinner

    November 2, 2010 at 10:56 am

  2. I heard that if someone didn’t vote today (Nov 2nd 2010) then you can’t vote in the presidential election. Is that true?


    November 2, 2010 at 7:25 pm

  3. Patricia, no that isn’t true. There are so many efforts that go unpunished where people are discouraged from voting, mostly minorities.

    I prefer the Canadian system where except for the Governor General and the head of Elections Canada are the only ones who can’t vote. It is assumed that if you are a citizen in Canada, you can vote.

    Not so in the United States.


    November 4, 2010 at 10:12 am

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    November 9, 2010 at 3:20 pm

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