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Are you voting?  For real, for real? 

I just had lobster in Boston (Yes, I'm rubbing it in! It was deliciously buttery, in case you were curious.) with a McCain supporter from New York.  He said, "My vote doesn't really count, so why make the effort?" I challenged him with the old Gore/Bush popular/electoral debate: shouldn't you want your candidate to have at least some ground to stand on in the case of a loss (Or gross Supreme Court miscalculations, depending who you ask....)?  He shrugged and said, "Nah. Lost cause."



Is it a lost cause if your state is Blue or Red.  Do only Floridians matter?  Are you going to vote nevertheless?

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tariana wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
I live in a firmly red state and will vote for McCain. Yes, he is projected to win my state, but I'd feel very bad if I didn't vote because I felt my vote didn't count, and he lost.

Everyone needs to vote, regardless of whether their state is a "given". If too many people stay home because they don't feel they count, the state could be carried by the other candidate.
hephaestionaz wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
What's one good reason for voting for McCain?
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heavenly_action wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
I voted today. I do feel like it is a lost cause but yet I know that voting is the right thing to do. I don't need to know that my single vote is a tie breaker.
hephaestionaz wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
What state do you live in?
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metafrantic wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
That NY guy is going to be one of the loudest complainers, no matter who wins and no matter how things turn out in the country.

I will be voting as early as possible. There is no such thing as an "unimportant" vote.
wtf wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
I'm voting for Obama, even though I live in Illinois. I believe that if you don't put the effort into voting, you don't have any grounds to complain about the administration for the next four years.

Besides, there's lots of local elections and referendums on the ballot where my vote is is a larger drop in the bucket.
sparkstealer wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
I'm voting this weekend
This has always been my philosophy, no matter how red my state may be - which is slowly turning blue, and that's very strange. Also a good point about the presidential elections not being the be all/end all of voting.
hephaestionaz wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
It is absolutely important to vote, even if you live in a very red or blue state. The reason is for all the down ballot races that you need to influence. I live in Texas, but there are a lot of competitive races down ballot that need my Democratic vote.
einaphets wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
Texas girl here too. I am going to vote Obama and try not to think about its futility here. I've never voted a straight ticket in my life.
crystalstarr wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
yes.
I'm in WA so I just consider that when I'm voting I'm helping cancel out someone voting for the other ticket :)Plus my local state needs help in the elections. We have a tight governor race going on right now in WA. I just send in my ballot. So yes I voted!!
stayover13 wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
I definitely not feel it's a lost cause. I live right outside of Boston and spend most of my time there. I am not sure of who I am voting for. I am a Ralph Nader Supporter, but I know he won't win... he doesn't get the same kind of publicity as Obama and McCain. I am not a Obama supporter; I support McCain more. Everyone has a voice. I will be voting, no matter what!

By the way, fanueil hall main & new england company has the best clam chowder.
thelivingword wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
I love Fanueil hall. It is fun to go to Boston where everyone is walking downtown. I am from Southern California. I hope you will vote for McCain. My husband and I have always studied the ballot together and voted the same so we wouldn't cancel each other out. Most of the time we agree anyway. We usually vote no on everything that costs money. :) I fear that Obama's spending promises are really going to cost!
(no subject) - erynn999 - Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
ebolavirus wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
I can't vote this time around. But if I could then I definitely would! I think my vote counts.
merenwentari wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
HELL YES I'm going to vote! Every single vote from every single citizen matters!!!!!

Too many people have fought too many battles to ensure that we can vote, and shame on anyone in the United States who doesn't stand up, go to their polling place, and place their vote for whomever it is that they wish to run their country, represent their community, or run their state.
chinchiller wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
I will be voting. I'm not particularly a fan of either candidate, but I feel my positions line up closer to Obama than McCain (especially when you throw Palin into the mix).

I am also registered in a state that has almost always, without fail, voted Republican. Apparently there's word that it might swing Democrat this year. We'll see what happens when push comes to shove.

That said, if you don't vote, you have zero right to complain.
margotheangel wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
I live in a state that leans pretty heavily the way I plan to vote, but I do plan on voting.

My sister always tells the story of the very first year she was eligible to vote. She came home after school (I think she was still in high school) and got ready to go vote - and she found out that CNN had already called the race, before she even got to vote! She was pretty annoyed, but my guess is that she voted anyway.
calchandler wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
I'm in a state that may just swing, I'm definitely voting as it just really may make that difference it hasn't in the past.
cure_my_tragety wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
I live in a red state but I'm voting for who I support. I don't think any vote is invalid or a lost cause, the only way it is a lost cause is if you do support a canidate but do nothing about it and don't vote.


mmmlobster, sounds tasty.
arizona_jones wrote:
Oct. 22nd, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
Of course I'd still vote! It might feel to me like my vote doesn't matter because of the thousands of others out there, but I don't feel like I have any right to complain about what may have been if I didn't make the effort to put the "right" candidate in office in the first place. If you don't speak up from the first, you don't get to complain at all ;)

I didn't vote in 2004, because I was back in high school. But even we high schoolers were an outspoken lot--I distinctly remember one of my best friends wearing a Bush/Cheney bumper sticker on her shirt on election day to show her support even then (we got in a great debate about that one!). I know she'll be turning out to the polls on election day, too, not just assuming that "Oh, Louisiana is already firmly Republican; it doesn't matter if I go out or not."

Of course, being in Ohio this year means that more than ever I need to go out there and put out my vote, and hope that the rest of my little college town doesn't turn the tables on me! 8D
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