Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Get Your Vote On (Of course your vote counts!)



I cannot count the number of times I have heard this voting season, "Why should I vote?  My vote doesn't count anyway!"  Of course your vote counts, it just counts in a way that's a little more complicated than it might seem at face value (the popular vote), but it's still a solid vote that counts.  Each state (and the District of Columbia) tallies the vote count of their qualified registered voters who have filled out a ballot (that means you, and your vote!).  For each senator and member of the House of Representatives that they have in the U.S. Congress, the state receives an electoral vote.  Though the electors may choose to vote in opposition to the popular vote of their state, it rarely happens.  The electors are also elected  and they have taken an oath to serve their people ('their people' meaning the people of their state).  When it comes to important issues such as a national election, casting their vote in a manner that is personally unbiased is critical, and they know that, and the majority of the time, adhere to it.  What that means in a nutshell, is that your vote counts... a lot.  So go vote!

I 'got my vote on' this morning.  I was supposed to wait for hubby and go with him when he gets off of work tonight, but I was too excited to wait and went on my own (I'll watch our little one while he's in line tonight, then I'll treat hubby to dinner or something afterwards). The church we normally vote at was no longer accepting voters...'call the number on the front door,' I was told...which I did.  And I got my new location...right next to my son's school that I'd just left, lol.

After reaching my voting destination I walked in to a huge line of people (Hurray!  The more the merrier!), and settled in to wait.  So many people in the line were chit-chatting and joking and welcoming the newcomers in with cheesy lines like, "you're late!"  or "You missed role call, tardy for you!" and inevitably everyone laughed.  Hey, whatever breaks up the monotony of a long line, right?  Every time there's a community event you see the same folks coming out, and the same happy atmosphere abounding.

My community is pretty small, but it's also full of good-hearted, good-natured folks, and I'm happy to be a part of it.  Today I was also proud to be a part of a community that had so many people eager to vote.

How about you, you going to go get your vote on today?  I personally hope (if you haven't already) that you opt to do so.  It's your fundamental right as an American (which is huge in itself), and you can rest assured (if you weren't sure before) that your vote does count. It really, really does.






15 comments:

  1. It sure does count! I can't wait to see how this election turns out. I don't think I have been this interested in a presidential election. I always vote, but it's always been a ho hum feeling. Hubby too. Not this year though. We've been glued to the tv when the debates are on and keep going back and forth over who we want to vote for. It's almost been nerve wracking lol. I have a feeling this election is going to draw in a huge number of new voters.

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  2. Interesting election, that's for sure. I voted last week :) Hubby will stand in line tonight. :(

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  3. It's going to be a very interesting election today. I'm already antsy about the results.

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  4. I voted! :) It will be a very interesting day that's for sure.

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  5. I got my vote on. However, the ex hubs told me that his vote wouldn't count anyways because he didn't have anyone he wanted to vote for. I lectured that every vote counts... but alas he still refused to go. Makes sense though, had to hold his hand to go last year.

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  6. I voted for the first time ever and it was awesome!

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  7. Congratulations to Fee Roberts, first time voter! I love to vote, and have been making get out the vote calls to encourage others to do the same. I hope we will learn from this election and make progress in helping more people be able to vote. Shouldn't that be our goal?

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  8. I have yet to miss a vote!! thanks for this reminder to all.

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  9. Very Bright and early I woke up (set the alarm just like a school morning), got the kids up, breakfast and away we went! We got there before the full crowd but it was a long line. I don't mind waiting. This is something precious for me!

    My daughter kept saying: We are going to vote mama! :) I think she'll be telling all her Kindergarten peeps that she voted :)

    Very well written Rosey!

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  10. I got my vote on last week! Happy not to be in the crowds today!

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  11. Our line wasn't too long and it moved pretty quickly. It's good to know that people were passing the time in cheerful spirits at your place!

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  12. Yep, I voted! I feel like I owe it to the women who fought for my right to vote.

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  13. Not voting as am not an American citizen. But will be taking note of the results.

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  14. I voted and it was a ZOO at my town's high school where we vote - but I got it done and that's what counts.

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  15. I voted but in Kentucky they didn't give out the "I VOTED" stickers.):

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