JUST COMPLETED THE ROUND OF PRIMARY VOTING AND NOW PREPARING FOR THE GENERAL MID-TERM ELECTION? HOW FORTUNATE ARE WE?

Reblogger George Souto
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Lenn Harley posted a blog this morning about an issue that I feel very strongly about.  It is an issue that needs more of our attention.  It is an issue about a right that many take for granted.  People in this country have become spoiled and don't realize what a tremendous opportunity it is to be able to have a voice in who will govern our country and states. This sense of entitlement without sacrifice is so prevalent, that many fail to realize the price that was paid for the rights that we have. Voting is right up there with those rights, yet many fail to take the opportunity to exercise that right and have a say in the future and direction that our country will take.

Original content by Lenn Harley 303829;0225082372

VOTING IS NOT ALWAYS CONVENIENT IN THE UNITED STATES.

Tuesday voting often means time off from work.  Or, in many areas, standing in line in the dark at 7:00 a.m. for after work voting.  Yet, we persevere.

OH, POOR US!

How would you like to be voting when you are threatened with IEDs in the road on the way to the voting location, rockets falling among voters, etc.  The article below shows what real barriers to voting are in countries where it takes real courage to vote.

Ten killed as Taliban tries to disrupt Afghan election

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We certainly DO take this right for granted.  It is so important that people not only vote, but educate themselves about the facts.  There is so much misinformation out there these days.... It takes a little time, but it is important to read up on the candidates and the issues and then go vote.   I am glad you reblogged this very important message.

Sep 18, 2010 04:20 AM #1
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George, I don't think we take it for granted so much as there is a belief that no matter who we vote for nothing will change. The indifference has people griping about the state of our country, but only 10% of the voting population comes out to vote, which only meansthe people who want to keep things as they are vote, and everybody else stays home.

Sep 18, 2010 09:02 AM #2
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Joan, we can't complain if we do not try to change what we are complaining about.  You are correct in saying that we need to educate ourselves on the candidates, but then we have to put that education into action by voting for those that reflect our point of view.

Ed, I agree many feel that way. which is what those that want things to stay as they are want.  Things will only change if we get out and and change them, and that begins in the voting both.  We can make a difference, but only if we excesses our right to vote.

Sep 18, 2010 09:16 AM #3
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George,

I also feel VERY STRONGLY about this issue.  All citizens of the United States need to go vote.  I always go vote.  The ladies that run the voting in my area don't even need to see my voter resignation card, they know me when I walk in.

AMERICA - GO VOTE!!!

Sep 18, 2010 12:28 PM #4
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Judi, I am the Head Moderator here in town, so this issue hits close to home for more than one reason.  With the new voting machines there is almost no wait to vote, and we have 14 voting districts in town.  If they can't get to their voting district because of health or they are going to be away, they can vote by absentee ballot.  There is no excuse for someone to not vote in my opinion.

Sep 18, 2010 01:25 PM #5
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George, yes I see exactly what you are saying, but I really do feel as Ed suggests.  Isn't it a bit of a catch 22...we exercise our right to vote to change things for the better...hopefully, but we seem to keep getting stuck with politicians!  I've always voted for the person and not along party lines...so far I haven't had much luck.

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