vote as if your future depends on it
vote as if your future depends on it..
because it does.
Two days until Election Day. Are you ready? Have you done your homework? Do you know not only who you are voting for but why you are voting for them?
Dean Esmay on voting:
If you plan on voting Democratic or Republican simply because that's how you always vote, because you figure the Democrats are "nicer" or the Republicans "more patriotic," please stay home on election day.
If you plan on voting against Democrats because you think they're evil Communists who want to destroy every last vestige of freedom in America, please stay home on election day.
If you plan on voting against Republicans because you feel they're racists who want to throw orphans and old people out in the snow while they grind up endangered species for hot dogs, please stay home on election day.
It is not your duty as an American to vote. It's not your job. It is a privilege. As with all privileges, it should not be taken lightly.
All elections are important, but this one even more so. We are on the brink of a great change in this world; the results of this election may dictate whether that change comes sooner or later; whether that change is good or bad.
Voting party line has long been a pet peeve of mine. Just because you are registered with a certain party, does not mean that all the candidates of that party are going to be in line with your ideals. Take the time to research the people running for office. Your local paper should be chock full of information on all the candidates.
Every race is important, not just the big ones. It is as imperative that you use your knowledge to vote for governor of your state as well as councilmen or the legislature or judges.
Research the judges who are running in your area. The judges who sit in your lower courts today are the ones who will be sitting in your higher courts tomorrow, making decisions that could affect you.
I've had people call me and say who should I vote for? I don't know who you should vote for because I am not you. Are you pro-life? Anti-gun? Tough on drug offenders? Do you favor rehabilitation over jail sentences? These are all things to think about before you vote for a judicial candidate, even in the local district courts.
People ask about my judges, what they stand for, are they good judges, are they fair judges? Yet when I tell them that one of the judges I work for has, in his two year on the District Court bench, had more decisions published in the Law Journal and State Reporter than all the District Court judges combined, no one has any idea what I'm talking about. They ask if that's a good thing or not. They ask why it matters to them. It matters because every decision matters. You never know when a landlord/tenant ruling will matter to you. You never know when that kid with a rap sheet a mile long will circumvent the system yet again because of a judge's ruling.
What I am saying is every race matters. Not just the big races, the ones you hear about on television, the races with debates and fanfare. The less publicized races matter just as much. Maybe not now, but they will in the future. That person you elect to your legislature today just because he is a Republican/Democrat/Insert Party Here may be your County Executive tomorrow and you will be cursing yourself when he is slashing jobs and cutting senior citizen funding.
Take the time to know who and what you are voting for. And then go out and vote. Pull the levers or punch those ballots with a clear conscience that you made informed choices. Look at the list of candidates and be able to recognize all the names and what they stand for. And realize that the need to look beyond party lines is so very important, because there is an awful lot of backroom wheeling and dealing and compromising that may land some candidates on several different party lines, and he/she may or may not be true to the dictates of all of them.
Learn. Research. Study. Vote.
If you don't vote, don't bitch.