I Voted, Did You?

I’m ever surprised and disappointed by the lack of voter turnout. It just seems silly that people choose not to vote, for whatever reason, then spend their lives complaining about the very things they could have voted about.

Perhaps we take things for granted in this country. Perhaps if we lived under a dictatorship we might realize what we had…

On a positive note, it was nice to see a line of unregistered first-time voters stretching out of the voting hall. There is hope.

Posted: November 8th, 2006
Categories: activism, blog, politics
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Comments: 12 Comments.
Comment from Bfree - 8 Nov ’06 at 10:21 am

yes, i voted, i always do, i was number 311 in my little voting venue. there was a line and a wait, but nothing like that horrid cold day 2 years ago when i had just arrived home from venezuala and i stood in a line that extended far out of the building. there was only one person in the line, a burly young hippy who lives down the road from my mom, who i considered might be voting the same as me… well our country remained in the care of a mad man and everyone became obsessed with shards…and i’m a yankee doodle dandee, yankee doodle dandee do or die

Comment from Roman Edirisinghe - 8 Nov ’06 at 10:30 am

I was number 600 in my line. When I told the lady my last name, she told me she had already seen it in her log. I guess Edirisinghe is hard to miss, eh?

Comment from Heidi Bloom - 9 Nov ’06 at 8:38 am

Go ahead, be disappointed in me.

Comment from Roman Edirisinghe - 9 Nov ’06 at 8:51 am

How come you didn’t?

Comment from Heidi Bloom - 12 Nov ’06 at 2:32 pm

A couple of reasons.

#1. I wasn’t registered. Apparently, you have to get registered a month in advance of voting here. I didn’t realize that until it was too late.

#2. There was no one to vote for. Being a democrat is a much different thing than being a southern democrat. I obviously wasn’t going to vote for Corker, and I wouldn’t have been able to bring myself to vote for Harold Ford Jr. because he constantly mentioned god in his campaign ads, and I’m a firm believer in the seperation of church and state. Religion should be a personal choice, not a political tool.

People tell me I should vote for the lesser evil, but often I find that there isn’t a lesser evil, and I really don’t want to vote for evil in the first place. If an election comes up that has a canditate running I want to support, then by all means, I will vote for that canditate. I have a good feeling about the next presidentail election, but as for now I’ll just remain a stupid spoiled American throwing away my precious right to vote for canditates I don’t support.

Comment from me - 14 Nov ’06 at 9:28 pm

I voted – but then again, I always do, ever since I was first able. I can’t imagine willingly giving the run of this (fucked up) country to the right wing, homophobic, closeted, self-hating, just hating, fairy tale beliving, religous freaks that seem to propogate here.

Comment from Roman Edirisinghe - 14 Nov ’06 at 11:04 pm

I can understand not wanting to vote because of a lack of candidates… but the danger of doing that is…


Look at the idiot we have as our president.

How many people decided not to vote during that election because they didn’t like Kerry?

Comment from Heidi Bloom - 15 Nov ’06 at 2:50 pm

Imagine if you had a choice between voting for Bush, or voting for Bush…would you vote then?

Comment from Roman Edirisinghe - 15 Nov ’06 at 2:54 pm

If that was the scenario, then you would actually have no choice. That would be a dictatorship. But the scenario is different, no?

Comment from Roman Edirisinghe - 16 Nov ’06 at 7:52 am

True, the choice whether or not to vote is a freedom.

The thing is, in many places in the world, it is not a freedom, and would be so deeply cherished that it would be a travesty not to take full advantage of it.

That’s all I’m saying.

Comment from Roman Edirisinghe - 16 Nov ’06 at 7:53 am

Out of curiosity, who won the race in your area, and by what margin?

Comment from Roman Edirisinghe - 19 Nov ’06 at 2:42 pm

I’m not trying to anger you, just opening up a controversial topic for discussion.