Voter registration deadlines are here (many have passed!), so it's as good a time as any to let you know that I'm obsessed with making sure people vote. It's literally my obsession.

I think it started because I was not born in the U.S. and the thing I looked forward to before becoming a citizen was voting. Finally, I'd have a say in the government! My opinion would matter! Nothing seemed better to me than that. I'd think about women and men who picketed, protested, and had hunger strikes for the right to be heard like the white, land-owning men who had that right all along. They struggled to take part in the ultimate democratic act: voting for the leader they wanted. And even after having the right on paper, they still had to fight to actually cast their votes. I do not take for granted that I can step into a voting booth on Election Day.

Hence, my obsession.

So, imagine my surprise when one of my sisters informs me she won’t be voting! I proceeded to give her a 15-minute lecture on why she needs to get to the polls. I won't put you through all of that, but will give you my final point -- people who complain that their voice isn't heard (usually young people or Latinos, in my experience), aren't making it better by not voting. Then politicians can say "well, they never make it to the polls." If you really want to make a stink, prove you're not just lazy or disinterested by actually going to the polls and simply not marking a candidate. Pull that lever without voting for anybody! It's a win-win: you don't end up voting for somebody you don't like or aren't informed about, and you still count as having gone to the polls! If more people did this, I guarantee candidates would focus more on these groups.

Okay, off my soapbox... But remember to pull that lever!

And don't forget to watch the 2nd presidential debate tonight on any major network!

(Cross-posted at CHICKS ROCK!)


At Wed Oct 08, 12:44:00 PM FeministGal said...

CT is no longer using levers! :( ANd we keep getting PSAs everytime there is a commercial break :) The pretty lady on the TV says there will be a piece of paper that we are to bubble in and place in a box... no more levers...

At Wed Oct 08, 12:48:00 PM frau sally benz said...

Wow, seriously? That's interesting.

I always find it fascinating when technology comes back to bite us in the ass and we're forced to go back to old methods. Oh man, life is funny.


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