Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Get Your Vote On

Today's the day, my fellow Americans. Grab a cup of coffee and a friend, and get thee to the polls. It's a perfect chance to exercise your freedom and let your voice be heard.

Then, if you like, check back and say, I did it!

And if not, share your must-be-over-the-top-excellent excuse...


Blogger Britta Coleman said...

I did it! My husband and I made voting a date morning. I brought hot black coffee and wore a cute little knitted hat I made for myself.

It's always American to accesorize.

Speaking of which, we saw a woman at the polls with a particularly vibrant pair of striped pants.

Unnamed woman with the flag-inspired trousers, I salute your bravery.

And your voting power.

6:30 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Ahem. *Accessorize.*

6:32 AM  
Blogger Kern said...

The lady at the polls' pants were'nt flag inspired, they were more clown inspired, as are some of the candidates. In 2008, I will take my camera. Britta was by far the cutest voter in precinct 3558. No matter who wins today, I bet in the morning, Loop 820 will STILL only be two lanes each direction. Sigh........

9:30 AM  
Blogger Tracy said...

I voted here in SoCal! I made it just 10 mins before the polls closed. One guy treated me like, why bother, and I said I'm here for the sticker! Every vote counts, even here on the west coast ten minutes before the polls close when all the results are pouring in from all over America.

The best thing I saw (early in the day) was a woman so old I couldn't even guess (90's easy), with her daughter and her oxygen tank moving real slow and holding folks up, but she voted! That's gonna be me.

Britta, I would like a cute knitted hat you made yourself for my birthday so I can be cute, too.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Hi Tracy!

Welcome to the blog!

Love the lady with the oxygen tank story. Totally blows the "I just didn't have time" excuse out of the water.

Our polls didn't give out stickers and I was bummed when I saw other people had them. What is it about sticking a small shiny piece of paper to a t-shirt that makes us feel so special?

Yes to you on the hat! I already have the color picked out... :)

12:35 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Although you're biased, Kern, thanks for saying I'm a cute voter.
Right back atcha.

12:40 PM  
Blogger ScottM said...

I am very late getting in here, so I don't suppose anyone will read my comment, but maybe you will, Britta.

I rarely vote. I do believe that voting is important, but I honestly don't believe that everyone needs to vote every election.

Most years, like this year, I am too ignorant to make a good selection.

Some people love politics and keeping up with the issues. They really enjoy it, and they get fired up about it. We need those people. They keep the rest of us informed about the bigger issues and when something really big gets out of hand, they go on Oprah and get everyone riled up about it. If an issue is important enough, a good number of people will turn out to the polls and respond.

I don't really see the need for the "get out the vote" campaigns. They don't work for one thing. I am not ashamed of low voter turnout. I don't think it's a problem if, say, twenty percent of the population decides an election. Chances are those twenty percent are a pretty good barometer of the other 80 percent.

I am more concerned about the knowledge level of the voters turning out to vote. I really don't think most voters are informed, and so I don't see why they feel better about themselves after they show up and vote straight party.

I voted in the last Presidential election, partly because Kelly guilted me into it, and partly because I wanted to vote on a single issue I felt strongly about. I voted for Bush, and now we can all see that I should have stayed home.

It was a big waste of time anyway, because Kelly and I knew we were going to cancel out each other's vote before we went.

There is a unique psychology to voting that I don't think is ever going to change much. Some people are motivated to exercise their right, and that's a good thing. Some people are going to stay home when it rains, and we are probably just as well off without their vote.

I am curious about one thing. Which of you people voted for Kinky?

7:07 AM  
Blogger Dr. Joel said...

Well, I DID vote...

I've been embroiled in somewhat of a political debate with all of my in-laws, and they don't exactly see the world as I do. That's OK. One of the great parts of our country is that we can see things differently and still be a nation. I am always scared of homogeneity of thought; I like to hear what others have to say. My one caveat always is that I have reasons for thinking the way I do--and the yelling at me from either side does not work. I think that the candidate who best represents the office is the one that can hear both sides and proceed with caution, dignity and respect.

I think we are trying to hard to be black and white--this side, good; that side, bad. I would like to think that there is a considerable shade of grey in our world, and that only by listening closely to both sides can we make up our minds fairly.

Just for the record, I did not vote straight ticket. :)

And you know what? Even though the voters seemed to shift this time; the sun STILL rose and we still are a great nation.

That gives me hope.

6:22 AM  
Blogger Kern said...

Joel, I thought you had some friends that were homogeneiety! Do they know you're scared??

12:31 PM  

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