Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Leave us a comment if you vote!


What would it be like if there was a law that said no citizen could ever express their opinion publicly if they didn't vote in the last election?

Lots of people already rant about how bad things are politically, but have never voted. It's frankly hard to understand that.

As valuable and important as voting is, walking in your polling center, making some marks on the ballot, and walking out is just the beginning. It's also important to take all the steps after that.

Do you stay aware of what elected officials are doing after they get in office? Do you express your opinion about important issues they are debating? Do you talk to other people about issues that matter to you?

Even if you just walk in the polling center every four years, mark your ballot, and go home, that still counts. We all lead busy lives. We have work, school, relationships, kids, and tons of other things going on.

If you haven't already voted, please do today. Hey, other people have given their lives so we can do this every two and four years. It may seem like a small thing to do, but lots of blood has been spilled for us to have this right, this obligation, and this privilege.

This will be Brad's very first time to vote. And we're both holding hands as we walk down the street to the elementary school to cast our ballot. Yeah, we're both completely sick of all the negative political ads. We just have to keep reminding ourselves of all the blood that's been spilled so we can walk in and fill out that ballot. That's what this is about for us. Being grownup. Doing our duty. Being involved.

If you've already voted, leave us a comment today. Thanks.

38 comments:

  1. Good luck everyone. Hope the lines aren't too overwhelming, although maybe that would be a good thing, it means people are actually bothering to go out there and vote.

    I shall send my psychic Canadian vote which will knock the "wrong" vote of some guy's head and boom, he'll inexplicably vote for the right guy. :-)

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  2. I will be taking an early lunch and heading to the polls in a couple hours. :)

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  3. I voted for Obama last week, so I'll just be over here in the deep red South hoping that the swing state folks come through for us!

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  4. Sending my Canadian vibes as well. Saw the most worrisome thing last night on the news. Voting stations with huge lineups not being able to cope & people giving up. Good luck!

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  5. Sending hopeful thoughts from the UK...everyone I know is hoping Obama gets back in. What happens in the US does effect us over here in the UK and we don't think it'll be good if the other guy gets in.

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  6. Sending the norwegian vote-vibe :-) i hope that Obama will get enough votes to cont. good work among alot of issues that ha started :-)

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    1. Aaarg I ment that he's already started so much to ensure that all is equal and should get a chance to see it tru.. damn phone

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  7. I voted first thing this morning with kids in tow. My Mom instilled in us strong civic values and I plan on handing those down to my kids. This was the first election that my son was old enough to understand what was going on in the election and has been very interested in it from the national campaigns to our local reps and senators. It was so much fun to go through the process of getting checked off the voter registration to explaining the ballot to him and having him put the ballot in the machine at the end. He wanted to see both the Presidents and Mitt Romney's name on the ballot where he double checked to make sure I marked off the correct one.
    Its an honor to vote and I'm excited for Brad this morning his first election day, its great that you are going together. Its a powerful thing to cast a ballot. Decisions are made by those who show up so I hope everyone shows up.

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  8. Yes I mailed in my ballor a week ago

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  9. I took my 5 and 7 year old children with me to vote. I explained to them why we vote Democrat and who our candidates are. I stress the privilege of being allowed to vote. It sounds corny but I tell my kids over and over our vote is our voice. I tell my children that there are people out there who don't vote because they say my 1 vote doesn't matter. It may be true, one voice in a crowd is not very loud, but with all of our voices (votes) together we have a loud and influential voice. We can be the voice of change and forward progress.

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  10. I voted this morning, our polling spot was filled but I only had to wait a minute or two in line to get my ballot and another minute to get a booth. Kudos to all those voters who waited 6-7 hours in line to vote early. Apparently no one has told them their vote doesn't count. If you had to wait in line and stuck it out, thanks. Every vote counts and pat yourself on the back for making sure yours did too.

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  11. Sending hopeful thoughts as well. :) *fingers crossed*

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  12. I voted this morning at our local middle school, and I was sporting my NOH8 hoodie while doing it. :-)

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  13. I voted! My mom and dad also taught me the responsibility of voting. To take advantage of a right that not everyone has.

    Things don't always go the way I think they should, but at least when I vote, I believe I have the "right" to complain. If I didn't vote, how could I say anything at all?

    The sun is shining, the day is beautiful...it's encouraging everyone to go out to vote. :)

    I'm picturing Matt and Brad, hand in hand, walking into the polls, and that makes me smile.

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  14. Matt asked:
    Do you stay aware of what elected officials are doing after they get in office? Do you express your opinion about important issues they are debating? Do you talk to other people about issues that matter to you?

    These are great questions, Matt! Whoever wins this election, I know you and Brad will carry on doing your duty as citizens. *hugs*

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    1. Congratulations, guys!! You two have done your part to bring this about! :)

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  15. I voted first thing this morning (really first thing) I was their with all the elderly :) me and my son in his stroller so he wouldn't be running around through everyones legs! Happy voting day everyone, and keep your fingers crossed for a good result!

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  16. I voted! I have to admit, I always find voting feels a lot like taking tests, and I get Test Anxiety. But I do it anyway!

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  17. Hi Brad & Matt,

    Hope you both enjoyed your voting experience. And yay for Bradley, a newbie no more! I walked 3 blocks to my polling place after breakfast. Fortunately the lines were manageable. In and out in about 20 minutes. And a bright, sunny, Fall day. Now if my candidate wins all will be perfection! :)

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  18. Stopped by on the way home from work...and I too only had to wait about twenty minutes! Our district is the biggest in our ward so there's always a line. We use these scan ballots so it was a little bit like being back in school. Fill in the bubble for the right answer!

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  19. My vote counted! (That's what my sticker tells me.) So proud of both of you. I'll think of you young voters as I anxiously (but optimistically) await the results.

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  20. Congratulations Brad, and my thanks to everyone who stood in line and took the time to cast a vote.

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  21. Today was the first time my son could vote in a presidential election. We went together. :)

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  22. I voted this morning. Kept my mind off things most of the day, but the butterflies have started tap dancin. Fingers crossed, hopin, prayin...I'm gonna go watch fish on Thorny's blog now..;)

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  23. Voted a couple of hours ago--long line for a change, that's heartening. Congratulations, Brad! You never forget your first time, you know. ;-)

    --Trix

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  24. Voted! (No sticker for me though, pooh.) And not much of a line going in, but a huge one when I left. Looks like I beat the rush :)

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  25. I voted this evening! (I got my cute little sticker to show for it.) So sweet you both went hand in hand! I voted for equality for all. I may live in a red state....but here's hoping my "blue" voice is heard! Kudos to all who voted today.

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  26. Woot woot Massachusttes came through :) this is so close, Im terrified!

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  27. xoxo! Holy shit, presidential elections stress me out!
    -Shell

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  28. I voted first thing this morning. I'm watching the returns with a nervous heart. I can't bear to think of Romney winning.

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  29. I voted too! And it was my first time also! Voted in favor of gay marriage and also Obama.. So happy he won!
    ~Amber

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  30. I voted several days ago, though I live in Texas:(

    Tj

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  31. yay!!! I am so flippin relieved, I can't even imagine how it must be for all the LGBTQ folks...that felt so close. I went to bed at 11:00 (EST), and it was still Romney in the lead. That led to bad political dreams all night. I am so happy this morning! Someone mentioned over on goodreads that Maine, Maryland and Washington also passed marriage equality laws by popular vote :) We are heading in the right direction again....I was so afraid of dropping back 50 years in progress!

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  32. Boys: Oh I'm late posting but I voted last week via absentee mail. So much easier than waiting in line at the voting booth.

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  33. I'm late on this, but I always go in for early voting so I don't have to brave the lines on election day. =)

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