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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Happy Election Day!

Today is a big deal. 

As a citizen of a democracy, it's important that we take accept the privilege, and the responsibility of voting. 

According to FairVote.org, voter turnout in the United States fluctuates in national elections, but has never risen to levels of most other well-established democracies. 

In countries with compulsory voting, turnout is over 80%, but here in the United States, voter turnout is about 60% in presidential elections and only about 40% in midterm elections.

People vote for photos on Facebook, American Idol or Dancing with the Stars contestants, favorite movies, ice cream flavors and celebrities from pop culture. 

Shouldn't we vote for the issues on the ballot and for those people who represent our interests in Washington, and at our state or municipal level? 


I understand the frustration of a dysfunctional government, but if the government is made up of We, the People, then shouldn't we, the people take part? 

If you're still undecided, this website may help clear it up. 

I Side With is an interactive quiz that, based on your responses, will align you with the candidate who most reasonably parallels your thinking in these midterm elections.


And, if you're not sure where you can vote, try this website, Get to the Polls, which will give you your voting location. 

It really is a big deal. 

Please vote. 

19 comments:

  1. It is SUCH a big deal and I am so glad you are urging people to vote. We have to use our voices.

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    1. I agree, Michelle. It's up to We, the People. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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  2. It's a huge deal! Everyone should be voting today.

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    1. I agree, Steph. It's up to We, the People. Don't vote? Don't complain.

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    1. Hooray! It's up to us... We, the People. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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    1. Hooray! It's up to us... We, the People. Rock that vote.

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  5. JUST voted! my first time ever!

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    1. Congratulations, Nikki! You just did something women in countries around the world are denied. Your voice has been heard. It may not turn out the way you wanted, but you made a difference. Congratulations again. And thank you for stopping by!

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  6. Great job on spreading the word. I always vote! I went two weeks ago on the first day of early voting here in Nevada.

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    1. That's great, Wendy. When I lived in Florida, we had early voting as well. Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. I'm waiting for my husband to come home so we can head out and vote tonight!!

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    1. Hooray! Great job! Rock that vote. :-) And thank you for stopping by!

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  8. I made a difference and VOTED today! Also Brought my 10 yr old in to see the process! :D

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    1. Yes, you did, Kamay! And how wonderful to model the process for your 10 year old.. #bestthingIheardtoday. Thank you for stopping by!

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    1. Hooray! Great job! Thank you for stopping by, Dana!

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  10. 40%? Really?! I had no clue turnout was quite that pitiful. I think part of the problem is that people think voting is hard, and it seems too time-consuming to learn the issues and candidates enough to make an informed vote. But, we don't need to be experts - it doesn't take that long to get a brief overview of your local initiatives and enough to make a somewhat informed vote.
    I can't imagine not voting. For me, it's doing the thing that I have the RIGHT to. I'm grateful to live in a country where women CAN vote and can voice our opinions. And I'm gonna take advantage of that!

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