Do you vote?

@GemmaR (8527)
February 15, 2009 1:00pm CST
Are you on the electoral register? And do you actually vote? I don't, because I don't understand what I'm voting for half of the time, and I think that's a waste. I don't really have a problem with letting other people pick who runs the country, so I won't vote until I understand what's going on!
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9 responses
@us2owls (1681)
• United States
16 Feb 09
I am registered to vote in Illinois - right now the center of everthing that is corrupt and wrong in politics. I am registered as a Republican and that is what I vote in the Primary elections - in the General Elections - I vote for whoever I think is the best for the job wether it be a state or national thing. I feel if I vote then I can't complain abut who gets elected because at least I did my bit. I was not happy with who we had running on the Republican ticket for President - but aftr listening to him and reading about him I decided at the last minute that I would not vote for Obama - but his first month in office has not impressed me even though I was willing to give him a chance.
16 Feb 09
Well, I would vote if I could. My birthday missed the cutoff deadline by about a week. Voting is a way to get involved politically, and I think everyone should vote.
@yamskee (830)
• Philippines
16 Feb 09
i am a registered voter and i already experienced voting once for local elections. i think its just right to vote to exercise your right to chose who'll lead your place. at least its just the majority, not everybody can lead a certain group.
@dropofrain (1168)
• India
16 Feb 09
I do not vote because I do not have my voter ID with me. I am 18 plus and think that I should vote but due to the lack of my ID I can not be a part of the important elections.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
16 Feb 09
Hi GemmaR! I have been planning to register again after a long time of abstaining from the past national elections. I was disappointed with all the election process and all the cheats and all the bribes that transpired during the past elections. So before the national election, I am planning to register just in case I changed my mind in exercising my right to vote again! Besides, I need the voter's ID for additional identifications for my papers. lol.. Take care and have a great day! lovelots..faith
@murderistic (2280)
• United States
15 Feb 09
I voted in this past election for the first time (I am 21 and was 17 the last Presidential election). I have had some struggles with it because of my religious beliefs. I am a Mennonite and traditionally Mennonites do not vote or participate in the military. In recent times, Mennonites have become a bit more lenient when it comes to voting... my thoughts are that I should vote for the leaders who will take the poor and disadvantaged into consideration and value effective and extensive diplomacy over war.
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
15 Feb 09
I'm registered and have been voting regularly for many years in national as well as state and local elections. When I first moved to Florida a couple of years ago I didn't know much about the political scene here or about the issues that concern Floridians but I took the time to learn. Especially with the availability of the internet, there's no reason to be uninformed and if there's something you don't understand there are many places to find answers and insight. Like newt, I appreciate that many other Americans fought long and hard so that I had the right to vote and, considering that I'm a woman, that fight was even longer and harder. A single voice does make a difference because when added together, a single voice becomes thousands.
@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
15 Feb 09
I don't think people should vote just because they can. You should vote because you want to and know what you are voting for. Many people say you lose your right to complain later but that is nonsense. You can speak your mind without having to vote. We still live in free countries. I have more respect for people that boycott elections than the people that try to convince you that these politicians are great people. I only vote if there is someone on the ballot I like.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
15 Feb 09
I am registered and I do vote. Our ancestors fought long and hard for us to have a voice. Many people say that their vote doesn't count because our President isn't elected by a popular vote, but that is only one election to elect one person. Suppose that everyone felt like that and the percentage of American citizens that used their right to vote fell dramatically - it would be very easy for our elected officials to assume that we no longer wished to have this right and to attempt to take it away from us!