Do you really want me to vote?

Real Estate Agent with Chase International Real Estate Ca BRE #1746610

Tonight from the living room of a Tahoe lakefront home, I was reading and responding to several blog posts. Finally, I was inspired with the subject of my first blog. I was reminded that soon we will be voting again in this great country. The post I was reading was encouraging everyone to exercise their right to vote, remembering to do so on November 8th. I added a comment that... while remembering that voting in our free country is a privilege not afforded to people in every corner of the world, we must also recognize our solemn obligation and duty to educate ourselves about the issues that we cast our votes on. In mountain home communities like Truckee and Lake Tahoe, voting is one of the few significant ways we can influence our government. Consequently, we must understand what the real consequences to our votes are. We read about vote counting fraud in big cities, voter intimidation, dead people voting, the rigging of voting machines, people who don't understand the directions on their ballots, and so much more. Hopefully, it's safe to assume no one reading this post is in favor of these disturbing tactics. I watch the voting around the Lake Tahoe precincts and I know some of the poll workers. I can't imagine how any system of voting fraud or cheating could be pulled off in the little towns around Truckee and Lake Tahoe. 

My question for those interested in responding is this: If I am really not educated about the issues on a ballot... If I am not educated about the qualifications or the policies of the candidates that are seeking office... (in other words if I am not being a responsible citizen)... Do you really want me to vote?

Comments (9)

Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Great questions, Craig.  A people who are willing to act like sheep breed a government of wolves.  An educated voter is the ultimate term limit. 

Oct 27, 2011 09:52 PM
Craig Cooper
Chase International Real Estate - Tahoe City, CA
Creating-Preserving-Growing Wealth in Real Estate

Thanks Mike, great thoughts and terrific phrases!

Oct 27, 2011 10:22 PM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA

I'll be VOTING this November and then working the polls - GREAT way to connect with neighbors - learn what is going on AND save the environment - I talk rather than hand out sample ballots

Oct 27, 2011 11:53 PM
Dianne Goode
Raleigh Cary Realty - Raleigh, NC

Hi Craig.  That's a question I've pondered for a long time.  In some countries, registered voters are REQUIRED to vote -- or they get fined.  My feeling is that would be a bad idea in this country.  Having substantial numbers of indifferent and uninformed people voting would throw a random wild card into the process.  

Oct 28, 2011 12:31 AM
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Knipe Realty NW - Portland, OR

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Oct 28, 2011 10:55 AM
George & Arlene Paukert
Road to Wealth, Inc. - West Palm Beach, FL

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Oct 28, 2011 11:00 AM
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker Realty, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Craig - good post.  As citizens of such a great country, shouldn't everyone want to be informed so they can exercise their right to select the best qualified and the candidate that will do the best job for them and their community?  What a great reminder to learn more about those running for office and the propositions we will be asked to vote on.  It's time for everyone who plans to vote to do our homework before we go to the polls!  

Oct 28, 2011 12:22 PM
Linda K. Mayer
License # 01767321 - La Verne, CA

Shoot, we have taken our freedoms for granted - voting and politics especially.  It should be every citizen's duty to be aware and to vote!  I mean, even the people who take the citizenship test know history better than those of us who are already citizens... and the are excited to learn the issues and vote.

Nov 17, 2011 11:02 AM
Craig Cooper
Chase International Real Estate - Tahoe City, CA
Creating-Preserving-Growing Wealth in Real Estate

Yes Linda, we do take our only real power for granted and we allow others to shape our knowledge and that of others as if it didn't matter much. Good citizen ship is very important.

Nov 17, 2011 04:11 PM