Hey, friends! Tomorrow, we vote!
So, why should I vote?
Because that’s how a civilized democracy works. It’s the only time we all have an equal say. Your vote counts the same as everyone else’s, and that’s a wild thing to think about! It means that even though billionaires will try to influence people to vote for their candidate of their choice, by putting up ads on TV or by paying for people to have tea parties, at the end of the day, your vote will be counted the same as that billionaire’s.
Now, I’ll level with you. If you live in California or Texas, your vote for president won’t make a difference. That’s just something we have to live with, for the time being. HOWEVER, there are dozens of other items on the ballot that WILL have a direct impact on you and your local community: Congressional representatives, state congressional representatives, city council, constitutional amendments, etc.
But, I don’t like Obama. Why would I vote for him?
My liberal friends, I know Obama’s not perfect, but he’s also not as terrible as Republicans make him out to be. Don’t believe me? Check out all the things Obama has managed to accomplish, even with Republican obstructionism. Any way you slice it, the way our system currently works, he IS our best choice. Here’s why:
But, that’s fucked up. I’m being forced to vote for someone I don’t 100% agree with. How does that make sense?
It doesn’t. Trust me, I hate it also! But, how do we fix it? By VOTING! Incremental changes, starting at the local level, that will ripple out over time. There is already instant runoff voting in a number of cities across the country!
An even better system, the Schulze method, is currently being used by many nerds who deemed it scientifically taut. Thanks, nerds! Let’s make that happen everywhere!
Alright, where do I go to vote? Do I need to be registered? I heard I need to bring a valid ID? AGH! Why is this so complicated?
It’s all good! It’s not as complicated as it might seem. Gottavote.org has all that information you need! So does Google. So does your secretary of state. Still don’t know where to vote? Ask your friends, classmates, co-workers, anybody!
Even if you’ve seen big billboards in your city that claim that you need photo ID or that you can’t register on election day or that you can’t vote if you have parking tickets or that you can’t vote for whatever reason, you are more than likely able to vote without any problems as long as you show up to the polls tomorrow, November 6th!
What if I’m not allowed to vote for whatever reason?
Yikes! First of all, don’t leave the polling place, yet! The first thing you wanna do is call 1-866-OUR-VOTE or visit their site. Worst case scenario, you should demand a provisional ballot. Whatever you do, don’t go home without voting! Take down names, take video, take pictures, and contact the ACLU for further help, if you’re still not allowed to vote.
Remember: As long as you’re in line by the time polls close, you can vote!
I just remembered that I’m scheduled to work and won’t have time to vote!
Bullshit! I know you have time, because none of my friends work from 7am-8pm! Haha. Ok, well, maybe some of you guys are putting in overtime? Alright, well, guess what? That’s STILL no excuse! Why? Because most state’s laws require employers give you time off to vote!
So, sorry if there’s a pile of customers at the counter or if the TPS reports aren’t ready, you gotta vote!
What if I don’t have a car, and there’s no bus, and it’s freezing outside, and it’s raining, and I can’t walk there, and none of my friends have cars or bikes or skateboards, and there’s just absolutely no way I can make it to the polling place?
Well, you can STILL make it to the polls. Who’s gonna take you? The car service Uber will, if they operate in your city. Ask a neighbor. Or, try calling the local branch of your political party! Maybe you can hop a ride from your local church? Go on Facebook and ask for a ride. Somebody will take you there. I promise. You can do this! I believe in you!
What if Romney wins?
Don’t let that happen! Spread the word! VOTE!!