This will be one of the few times you ever see a non-music related post on Laughter. I’m sure everyone is aware that tomorrow is voting day. Tomorrow, if you are a registered voter, you have the chance to participate in the election of our next president, among other things. I don’t care to mention who I’m voting for or why I’m voting for him, but I would like to point out just a few things that might be important. If you’re not going to vote you can cease reading this post.
- Depending on where you live, voting in the next election may be difficult for you. Everyone’s heard about the faulty voting machines in various states. Making sure your vote is counted correctly is as easy as paying attention to what you’re doing and asking for help if you run into any problems. Do not leave the voting booth until you are 100% certain that your vote is counted in the way you want it to be counted.
- Analysts are predicting a record turnout for this election. I don’t know if that’s an overly hopeful prediction or not, but if you run into long lines tomorrow, keep this in mind: STAY IN LINE, DO NOT LEAVE UNTIL YOUR VOTE IS COUNTED, EVEN IF IT IS LATE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE AS LONG AS YOU WERE IN LINE AND WAITING TO VOTE BEFORE THE POLLS “CLOSE.” Provisional ballots are not part of the election night story and, considering how haphazard the voting process is along with the way the media handles election night results, you want your vote to be part of the story. You don’t have to leave the line if you were there before the polls close. Your vote should count, make sure it does.
- I’m one of those optimists that believe a single vote counts. Yes, even with the existence of the Electoral College, your ONE vote matters. Don’t believe me? Check out this article, which points out that 537 people decided the 2000 election. Elections are decided by individual votes, not by groups of people. As that article points out, if you vote for McCain in a solid red state, you further solidify McCain’s chances of keeping that state. On the other hand, if you vote for Obama in a solid red state, you bring that state one vote closer to being a swing state: INDIVIDUALS DECIDE ELECTIONS.
That is all. I will go ahead and make one political claim: you’re a moron if you’re capable of voting and don’t. Nearly every argument I’ve heard against voting rings false in my ears. If you think this country sucks and you want to run away to Spain or Canada or some other country, try sticking around and changing things by becoming involved. I’m no gun-toting, ain’t-America-great, blinded-by-the-flag patriot, but I do like this place. It’s a shame that young people are so removed from their government; it decides the quality of their lives in so many ways.