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Remind your friends to vote

By wordworker ·
Mesdames et messieurs, please put aside all bias toward either candidate. Permit me to suggest that all of us who come to these forums and disagree vociferously about which candidate deserves to win the U.S. presidential election, we can agree on one thing: For either side to win, people have to get out and vote. So I challenge you to ask at least ten of your friends, "Hey you're registered and are gonna vote, right?" And anybody who doesn't answer affirmatively, give them an appropriate amount of grief.

Like my momma always said, "If you don't vote, you don't have any right to complain about the way they do things."

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Thanks ....

by jardinier In reply to Remind your friends to vo ...

I shall pass on your message to all my many email friends in the States.

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Responses to your posting ...

by jardinier In reply to Thanks ....

I have already had several responses to your posting from friends in the US.

They include:

"you had a wise mom."

"That's funny, because my Dad has said that to me almost every year since I was able to vote, and that's a long time. It's amazing how parents always think alike."

"I THINK THAT I HAVE NEVER SEEN PEOPLE SO WRAPPED UP IN AN ELECTION. THE INTEREST IS VERY HIGH AND THE POLLS ARE AT A 50/50 RACE. EVERY VOTE COUNTS."

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by johnsmith In reply to Remind your friends to vo ...

I can't agree that everyone should vote. In fact, I'd rather the uninformed NOT vote. Someone who basically flips a coin at the last minute and hasn't bothered to do the appropriate research to formulate an informed opinion (or who votes the party line without knowing--or caring--what either platform is because that's what their parents did) does not belong in the voting booth. They only pollute the data.

Just my $.02

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so your friends are uninformed?

by wordworker In reply to Caveat

I just said you should bug your friends about voting. I never said my friends were uninformed. :)

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Pipe dream ...

by jardinier In reply to Caveat

And just who is going to determine which citizens are sufficiently well informed to vote? Yourself maybe?

In Australia we have compulsory voting -- that is every person qualified to vote is required to register at a polling booth. They can then choose to make an informal vote if they don't like any of the candidates.

But of course the same situation applies with our system as with yours. Many people vote along party lines without looking at the issues, or believe the lies and drivel that are dished out by both parties during the election campaign.

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