Do you vote?

United States
March 6, 2008 3:58pm CST
Since we seem to be in the midst of a political season, I was wondering whether or not you vote and why? Do feel that voting is a duty, obligation, burden, or privilege? Do you think that voting is pointless and a waste of time? Personally, even though I'm not one to be hugely into politics, I do feel that voting is a privilege and duty, and I vote regularly. For instance, I did recently vote in the Ohio primary. But, I think that the U.S., in particular, has a pretty low voting turn-out rate. So, what about you? What are your views on voting?
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
6 Mar 08
I always vote in elections. I don't vote in primaries because I don't have a declared party: in fact, the party system rather annoys me. I prefer to decide who to vote for based on my opinion of that specific person, and research their voting records for past offices held as well as their declared stances rather than just always choosing one party. I see voting as a privilege. I am always reminded when any election comes around of the time when women wouldn't have been able to vote, and I am grateful that I have that choice.
• United States
14 Mar 08
I feel exactly the same way about the two-party system. In fact, I think that most of our democracy's problems could be fixed if ballots were not allowed to list which party each candidate represented. That one change, all by itself, would make voters have to do at least a small amount of research, or else blindly cast their votes at random.
@gle007 (122)
7 Mar 08
I do! But since Parliament here in the UK forced through the Treaty of Lisbon to give more powers to the European Union and make the British House of Commons more powerless, I don't see the point in voting in the future!