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estherchaya
estherchaya
Scandalous Factoid you may not know about me.

I have never voted. 

Seriously.  Maybe this year will be the year.

Current Mood: ashamed

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yermie From: yermie Date: July 30th, 2004 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Ach! My heart!

*thud*

</melodrama>

Just make sure you vote for the right person this time, that's all that rally matters.

Sauron/Voldemort in 04! Running on the Nazgul ticket...
From: gittygiggles Date: July 30th, 2004 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ach! My heart!

HA!
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: July 30th, 2004 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
This year must be the year. As we learned in 2000, every vote is significant, and must be there to be counted!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 30th, 2004 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
last year my vote wouldn't have mattered. At the time, Maryland could be just about guaranteed to always fall Democratic. A democratic vote was one more on the pile; a republican vote was wasted. (Which is why I don't like the electoral college... I feel like states ought to break up their electoral votes based on the percentage that went to each party) This year the climate in Maryland is different. We have a Republican governor, which was a bit of a shock when he won the election, but I think it was a sign that the political climate here is changing. Strong winds ahead. So yes, this year my vote probably does count.
cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: July 30th, 2004 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, you never know if your vote will matter until after the election because (and I know it my shock you to hear this): Pollsters may be wrong.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 30th, 2004 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Of course pollsters may be wrong. I was basing my statement on voting trends at the time in both local and national elections.

At any rate, last year I really just didn't care enough. The presidential election before that (which was the only other presidential election I was eligible to vote in) circumstances conspired against me on election day.

Mostly I feel like an uneducated voter, not qualified to make such decisions. But then again, I'm probably far more qualified than your average Joe.
drmellow From: drmellow Date: July 30th, 2004 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Educate yourself.

Of course, knowing that your votes would tend to run opposite of mine, I'm not terribly concerned that you're not voting. ;-) Just kidding, I think everyone should accept the responsibility of voting, even when they disagree with me.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 30th, 2004 06:59 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, that's interesting. EVERYONE assumes they know how my votes would fall. They're not always right.
drmellow From: drmellow Date: July 30th, 2004 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, that's why I said "tend" -- I was basing my guess on discussions we've had in the past where it was obvious we were on different sides of the fence.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 30th, 2004 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)
yeah, except that my biggest problem as a voter is that I don't have solid opinions on much of anything. And I'm not the flaming liberal that everyone seems to think I am. I'm a radical moderate.
drmellow From: drmellow Date: July 30th, 2004 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I never had you pegged as a flaming liberal. Radical moderate is about where I put you. ;-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 30th, 2004 07:21 am (UTC) (Link)
well, then you're one of the few. :)
From: bodnej Date: July 30th, 2004 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
...and that's what you have me for! I will be well-informed for you.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 30th, 2004 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
uh huh.
From: bodnej Date: July 30th, 2004 09:51 am (UTC) (Link)
You sound unimpressed.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 30th, 2004 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Jon, you've been my political informant for years. Have I ever voted under your tutelage?
From: bodnej Date: July 30th, 2004 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, apparently not. But, maybe this year! It's like waiting for the Messiah; you do it even if you think the possibility will be remote.

Now, if I can get my brother to vote, that will be an accomplishment.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 30th, 2004 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I have every intention of voting. I even printed out my voter registration form today.
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drmellow From: drmellow Date: July 30th, 2004 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
The problem with that logic is that you're not eligible to vote on all the issues I'm eligible to vot on, and vice versa.

But feel free not to vote if you like. Don't let my actions influence you one way or the other. ;-)
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rebelzero From: rebelzero Date: July 30th, 2004 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
slacker
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 30th, 2004 07:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I know. I'm almost ashamed of myself.
From: bodnej Date: July 30th, 2004 09:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Really?

I'm kinda surprised.

And votes do count; Maryland may not go the way you think it will. After all, it has a Republican governor and voted Republican for president in 1984 and 1988. I haven't seen a poll for MD for this year, but I'd be surprised if there is more than a 5% difference in the polls between the two parties.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 30th, 2004 09:21 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Really?

Maryland may not go the way you think it will.

Um, I said as much above. I am absolutely aware of the changing political climate in Maryland.

And yes, votes count. Last year I frankly didn't care who went into office. So my vote would have been wasted regardless.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 30th, 2004 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Really?

So my vote would have been wasted regardless.

Which, by the way, is not the reason I didn't vote. I didn't vote because I couldn't get Maryland to send me an absentee ballot and I was not coming back up to Maryland from Richmond just to cast my vote on a school-day.
From: bodnej Date: July 30th, 2004 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Really?

By last year, I figure you mean "2000", not "2003", correct? Because for the life of me, I can't remember what was on the ballot in Montgomery County in 2003 (or if there was one, but I think I remember voting for judges and school board officials, but that might have been in the primaries this year).

Also, you weren't in school in Richmond last year :-)

The 2002 vote for governor was important, I think. It was a decision between someone whose only credential was that her maiden name was Kennedy versus a guy who thinks he can balance any budget as long as there are slot maachines in MD. The fact that slot machine guy won still amazes me.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 30th, 2004 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Really?

yeah. I meant 2000. Sorry. I'm trying to do four things at once. And I only got 3 hours sleep.
lionsaoi From: lionsaoi Date: July 30th, 2004 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't had a chance to reply to you -- still digesting your email(s). :0)

Please vote this year.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: July 30th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am planning to vote this year. I even printed my voter registration form today so I can mail it in. Just need to photocopy my driver's license so that I can send it in.

As for the reply, fear not. I'm phenomenally bad about replying. Also, I did sort of write you a small novel. So I would imagine it might take you a while to absorb it. Don't know if anything I wrote was coherent, so feel free to ask for clarification.
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: August 1st, 2004 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't know if you know this, but in Australia voting is compulsory.

(Actually, not strictly true. Attendance at a voting place is compulsory. First thing you do when you go to a polling place is get your name crossed off - this is the compulsory part. After that they give you voting papers, but nobody can make you put anything on it.)

Once you're 18 you're supposed to register, and if an election rolls around and you didn't register, or you did register but didn't vote, you'll probably be fined, unless you have a good excuse.

If you lived here you'd have voted dozens of times - there are federal, state and local elections - and the state and federal elections can be called early, so on average you vote about once a year. I think the original reasoning was that voting is as much a citizen's duty as jury service is. It does make for slightly different politics. Negative campaign ads don't work nearly so well (they still exist, but not nearly to the same extent, and they tend to be less directly about personality).

We discuss making it not compulsory every couple of elections, but it would never get through a referendum.

Glen
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 2nd, 2004 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
see, if it were compulsory, I'd have done it. I'm not opposed to voting. I've just never felt strongly enough about any issues to get around to it. In the ten years since I've been eligible to vote, it's just not happened. I take it back, there was one year that I was all ready to vote, but events of the day conspired against me.

I think it would be Very Bad for Australia to take away the compulsory element to elections. The decline in voter attendance would likely be dramatic.

Blah. I've long thought that voting here should be compulsory. Everyone seems to complain that there isn't sufficient voter turnout. Well, make it mandatory and then maybe at least 50 or 60 percent of voters will show. ;)
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