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VOTE, (make it count)

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WTBAKELAR
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Tomorrow, Americans will elect thousands of state and local leaders, 11 Governors, 435 Members of Congress, 35 Senators and a new President.  Each and every one of these elected officials has the ability to positively or negatively shape legislation affecting you and your community.  The foundation of our system is a government of the people, and increased voter participation will improve how that system performs for each of us.  On Election Day, I encourage you to cast your ballot in what may be the most important election in years.
VOTE:  Your involvement is critical to ensure a powerful voice on Capitol Hill.  Your voice is important to ensure that your perspective is heard. No other single influence has as much impact on legislators’ votes as informed communications from the general public.
Your input is what counts.
Stay informed – Track legislation and issues as they evolve.  
Act – Take action when needed. This may take the form of meeting with elected officials, calling them at their congressional office or writing letters. You choose the method you’re comfortable with.
Spread the word – Tell a colleague and a friend. The more people we have speaking, the greater the impact on Congress. Our strength is in our numbers
Information – Through regular Legislative Updates,  keep yourself informed on the issues affecting the country. In addition,  information is posted on websites on nearly any subject before congress.   Find the sources that provide you with a searchable database of lawmakers and media, an e-mail system to get your message delivered to Congress and staff specialists available to discuss the issues.
Strength in numbers works, but only if we act.  Join a grassroots network and help work to promote legislation.
Do your part.  Don’t just follow blindly.  Do some research on your candidates and their history. What do they really stand for?  What can they do for you, your city, county, state or country?
How have they voted in the past?
It's up to you to make a difference.

The answer is always NO, Until the question is asked.

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quote:
I think I will save the time and gas money it will take to go to the poll, it would be a waste of time anyway.

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Attaboy, Grinch. Shoot it down. SHow this foolish fellow not to post a non-partisan call to vote when he can be so easily embarrassed by a comment he may have said in a moment of frustration. You done good.

I hope you put as much effort into your country's elections as you do ours.
WTBAKELAR
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3 posted 11-03-2008 05:47 PM       View Profile for WTBAKELAR   Email WTBAKELAR   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for WTBAKELAR

Thats a good memory, Grinch.  And you are right Balladeer,  It was a moment of frustration that so many people will blindly follow without doing one moments investigation into the people they place their faith and hopes for the country in.

If my comment made someone stop to think it is a waste of time, maybe it worked.
This is the point I wish to make:

Do your part.  Don’t just follow blindly.  Do some research on your candidates and their history. What do they really stand for?  What can they do for you, your city, county, state or country?
How have they voted in the past?

I am so surprised at how many people don't even know who is running for the Governor of their own state, let alone their congressmen and senators.
It is not all about McCain and Obama,  They don't make the laws.  They are a figure head for our Government.
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The lines are going to be long, so maybe take a folding chair, water bottle and anything you might need should you have to spend a few hours in line.

Grinch
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I’m not sure if you can call WTBAKELAR a foolish fellow Mike - I think it’s against the rules.



WTBAKELAR,

This thread made more sense than your first. People should take an interest and they should vote, what they shouldn’t do is get frustrated when people don’t all vote the same way they do.


Not A Poet
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Hey, if we were all going to vote the same way then this would be Russia. No need for the expense of an election.
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As much didn't change in rhetoric from last Thursday until today, I'm glad I was able to vote early and miss the lines altogether. And I'm also glad to say that how I voted on 10/23 is the same as I would have voted today.

Point is, I did it. I hope all who can in the US will, too!
 
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