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Do you vote?

Asked by ouwa (19points) August 24th, 2010

I am not interested in your personal political ideologies or affiliations. I want to know why you choose to vote or abstain from voting.

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DominicX's avatar

I haven’t yet (just registered not too long ago), but I will in the next election and continue to do so.

I choose to vote because having a voice in political appointments and decisions is part of living in this country.

muppetish's avatar

Yes, in every election. I research whatever is on the ballot. If the election date conflicts with my schedule, I apply to vote by mail.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I vote because I research candidates and choose lesser of evils but I know it’s not enough to vote.

chyna's avatar

Yes. Every election from 1976 on. I was so excited when I turned 18 and could vote.

Seaofclouds's avatar

Yes I vote. I even made a big fuss about the hospital I worked at previously not giving us time to vote during our shift (we worked 12 hours shifts from 6:45am to 7:15pm). They ended up letting me and a few others take an extended lunch so we could go vote.

wilma's avatar

Yes, always. If you don’t vote, then I don’t think you have a right to complain.

Aethelwine's avatar

Yes. I’ve voted during the past three presidential elections in the US, and none of my picks have won. :(

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I vote, yes.

SuperMouse's avatar

I vote because it is my right and responsibility.

zenvelo's avatar

I always vote, even in school board elections. If you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain. That’s why so many of us in California are amazed two of the major candidates in this fall’s election (one for governor, one for senator) failed to vote for many many years.

Jude's avatar

Yes, I vote.

You have to watch out for the crazy Canadians in power (Paul Martin – I’d like to see him out).

jaytkay's avatar

I vote.

My parents taught me voting was a big privilege and a big responsibility.

When I was five years old, my dad took me into the voting booth, held me up and told me which levers to push.

He passed away a few years ago, but my mom is a regular poll observer and she still asks about my voting habits.

kenmc's avatar

I voted in the 2008 presidential election for Ralph Nader because he was the more aligned candidate to me, politically.

AmWiser's avatar

Just something I’ve been doing for years. Habit.

kevbo's avatar

Mostly I haven’t, but I was more active in my 20s. I’m perpetually disappointed because my politics are too progressive, and I’m totally jaded about vote fraud and the two-party duopoly.

lillycoyote's avatar

I’m a voting fool, a voting nerd. If there is something to vote on I’m there. General elections, mid-terms, school board and school bond elections, special elections. I’m just sorry that the state I currently live in doesn’t have any extra stuff to vote on. No propositions, no ballot measures, closed primaries. It sucks.

Austinlad's avatar

Yes, I vote, but only in national elections. I enjoyed chatting with an African-American man about my age while waiting to vote in the past election. We had a wonderful discussion. Some of my friends and probably some of you think it’s a waste of time, but me, I still think it’s both a duty and privilege. Now if we could just do away with the Electoral College. They haven’t played a decent game of football in years.

Berserker's avatar

I usually vote, but only if it gets me like, 20 minutes off work.

lillycoyote's avatar

@chyna 1976. That was my first election too. I was so excited. It was the spring semester of my freshman year in college, though I think I registered to vote in the fall, I couldn’t wait, and registering to vote, being able to vote was another “notch in my belt” in terms of becoming an adult, at least that’s the way I saw it then. Getting my driver’s license, graduating from high school, going off to college, being able to vote, then getting my own place, with roommates of course, becoming of legal drinking age, they were all milestones towards adulthood and voting was as important to me as any of the others were. I credit my mother for that. She turned my father and both her children into voters. She said that even if you have to hold your nose while you pull the lever because your choices stink, you still vote, because it is both your right and your responsibility.

Frenchfry's avatar

Yes, I vote.

Your_Majesty's avatar

Depends. I only vote when I think that the one I voted for will really bring major changes and contribution toward my personal life,or at least,for my people. I personally think that the power of one citizen(me) is just nothing,so whether I vote or not it won’t make significant changes.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Doctor_D I know how lame and preachy and patronizing this sounds but if you and each and everyone of your people, whoever they may be, approaches elections and voting with that attitude then no, your vote and no one else’s will ever matter, it will never change anything. You agitate, you write letters to the editor, you lobby your representatives, you vote; that is your voice and if you silence yourself voluntarily you will never change anything and if you do that and because of that nothing ever changes, then, to be honest, it is your own damn fault.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

Every election since 1974. In the last 20 years I’ve been voting for obscure third parties or leaving ballot sections blank. No major party matches my interests yet I feel it is my duty to show up and vote.

second_guessing's avatar

Yes, ever since i was aged to do so i have used my vote.

downtide's avatar

I always vote; I’ve never missed an election in the 25 years I’ve been eligible to do so. If you don’t vote, you forfeit your right to complain about the result.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

I’ve voted in all US elections once I became of age except for one…due to being in the process of moving from one state to another and not knowing how vote by absentee ballot. Why? Because there is often a candidate I believe in, and on occasion, to help prevent a candidate (or running mate) from getting into such an important position.

wilma's avatar

@lillycoyote , “She said that even if you have to hold your nose while you pull the lever because your choices stink, you still vote, because it is both your right and your responsibility.”
I like your mom.

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