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register. vote.
From tpau

"it is almost that time. in MA the deadline is 10/16. I don't care who you vote for, i never have. but go, vote. THIS is your right, your responsibility, your show of patriotism. THIS is sacred. THIS is what people died for, died so you could have this privilidge, this right, this duty.


Millions around the world are not as fortunate as you. They can't vote. THIS is the duty of the free world, the first word, of America. THIS is what it is ALL about.

Register to vote. Now. Today. Tonight. Now.

Vote. Vote with your heart, your mind, your logic, your party, your parents, your conscience. It doesn't matter who you vote for. And it doesn't matter why you picked them. It doesn't matter if in your state your vote is wasted. It doesn't matter if you hate the electoral college. That isn't what is important.

What is important is that you go, and you vote. For yourself. And for all those who can't. And for all those who sacrificed and died to give you the right. And for all those who will come after you. Vote."

Edit: I also think it is every American's responsibility to get informed and vote (and otherwise act) based on an informed opinion. Nothing in this post should be construed to say otherwise. And... sure, an uninformed vote can be a bad idea. But saying "uninformed people shouldn't vote" can be a bad idea, too...

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What does matter is that you are informed, that you are actually making a choice. I disagree with part of what is said here, its a right to vote, but calling it a duty makes it seem like people should vote even if they are uninformed... maybe you can say that its a duty that people be involved in their government and be informed on the issues, but I think there are a lot of Americans who work more than one job, have kids to raise etc... that don't have the chance to stay on top of the issues.

By all means convince people to register to vote, but don't suggest that if they don't they are failing in their "duty". That's just likely to shame people into going to the polls who have no idea who the candidates are, what they stand for, and what other local issues they should be informed about.

see, i disagree. votignis liek reading. quantity becoems quality. if you do not think tyou need to vote, you never think to get informed. fi you go and find that you have no idea what is going on, next tiem you will inform yourself first.

Right.. plenty of people vote every singe year and have no idea what they are voting for.... they just vote the party line without doing any reading, or listening about what their party stands for this year... quantity only becomes quality if you have an open mind and the energy to do the work.

In the US voting is a RIGHT, and because of that it doesn't require literacy tests, or any proof that you've made yourself informed, but if people decide not to vote, those people are self-selecting. So disagree all you want, but I'd rather people who are uninformed don't vote, because voting blindly is not exercising your right to be heard, its going through the motions and potentially having your interests misrepresented because you are not informed.

perhaps. but if a vast quantity of people do not vote, then the right might be taken away as unneeded. and i'd rather not see that

Well, I think it is a civic duty... it is both a right and a responsibility.

I agree that people should get informed. And vote.

And a lot of the context of the video is aimed at people who are informed, and who care about issues...

Edited at 2008-10-02 07:20 pm (UTC)

I haven't had a chance to watch the video yet, due to restrictions at work and the fact that my computer has a faulty sound card... so here's my question. Why harangue people who already care about the issues, and are informed, with statements about fulfilling civic duty? The word duty is really loaded, and usually used to convince people who don't already want to do something, to do it. Reminding people to get registered is one thing, but if we are preaching to the choir... why are we preaching?

I know it's not aimed at you, or me, or a lot of people on my flist. It might not even affect anyone on my flist, but it might get to someone it could affect...

It might get someone who cares, but doesn't think their vote matters, to change their mind.

It might get someone who doesn't think they have a "dog in the fight" to realize they do, and decide to vote.

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don't know about your state, but in MA that would be correct.

That's true for Virginia, too. You can also check your status at www.voteforchange.com. (Caveat: It's an Obama campaign site. I checked the privacy policy there, and they do say they may collect the information you give them. If you're not comfortable with that, there's probably a state board of elections website where you can check.)

I went through the website in the video (nonpartisan, AFAIK) and that appears to be the case in VA. Use the website... it will tell you.

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You should have gotten a voter registration confirmation card in the mail this week with your polling place listed. :)

As a good friend of mine is fond of saying "citizenship isn't something you have, it's something you do."


That site has about the easiest to use interface for how to register I've seen in a while.

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