Voting is our constitutional right, but do you vote?

@mimpi1911 (25454)
India
April 23, 2009 1:47am CST
Guys, this is not a political discussion. With our forth coming elections, I am just curious to know if you vote for your governmental elections? How important is it for you? [b] HAVE A SAFE AND PEACEFUL VOTING.[/b]
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@dpk262006 (56104)
• Delhi, India
24 Apr 09
Hi! Mimpi! Goog Morning! I and my family members make it a point to vote in any kind of elections, be it for constitution of Municipal Council, State Government of for the Parliament of India. I believe that voting is our constitutional right and we must exercise it to choose who is going to govern us. Each vote counts and it makes a lot of difference in the final outcome. In Municipal Council and State Government elections, I've seen candidates losing the election by 5-10 votes. I somehow sometimes miss the voting, when I myself remain involved in election duty, they it becomes difficult to cast my vote. Have a great day! Deepak
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
24 Apr 09
So good to know this deepak. Its even more creditable that you have to take part actively in election duty. Its a matter pf pride actually to be involved in country's electoral proceedings. Make sure to vote at any cost though.
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@dpk262006 (56104)
• Delhi, India
24 Apr 09
I am looking forward to the D'Day, it is on 7th May, here in Delhi.
@kalav56 (11503)
• India
25 Apr 09
Hi Deepak!
@sreevasu (2718)
• India
24 Apr 09
Voting is our constitutional right, but do not misuse/abuse it. I am very much happy to have my representative in any governing body but on one condition that he/she should be eligible to represent me. When I say me, it's not just me but the general public. I am very much political and I know politicians determine the life of the citizen of a country for a certain period. I think people must possess the right to call back their representative who goes inconsiderate to those who voted. Again, I am very much political and I believe democracy, in its true meaning and spirit, is the right form of governance. But I am so sorry to say that I would stand for true politics and not 'politRics' as we see it now in India (and in so many other countries too.) And for the same reason - misusing/abusing my fundamental right - I haven't voted for so many years. As for now this much, there is a lot more to say though.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
25 Apr 09
You must be having your reasons and I agree with it. But, I feel our votes get misused if and when we do not cast it! This has been happening openly here. Sad but true!
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
25 Apr 09
but my point is that if I do not vote I could refrain myself from any guilty concious as I am not directly part of what you said 'sad but true'.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
27 Apr 09
Point granted.
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@balasri (26554)
• India
25 Apr 09
I vote every time without fail.I know that I am voting for the lesser evil only. But I use my vote as a tool against the most evil.Pathetic. But it is the reality here. Well nothing wrong in having hopes I think.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
27 Apr 09
Very well said! I think you have a valid point there and I vote for the same reason as well.
@balasri (26554)
• India
27 Apr 09
We are in a strange situation.We want to be good citizens and use our voting power without fail.But we do not have the right candidate to vote for.The politics and the politicians are getting dirty by the hour.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
27 Apr 09
This is pathetic Bala! we are willing but we do not know who to!! How bizarre could it get!
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
24 Apr 09
Oh so you are also having an election. Our country will be having its presidential elections next year and I became eligible for voting last year. But unfortunately, I havent been able to get myself registered up to now. There was a registration booth at our school last March and it would have saved me from waiting in long lines just to get myself registered the ordinary way and in the public offices. Too bad I was required to be someplace else that time. Ill try to get myself registered next year after I graduate hopefully in April. That would leave me at least a month to be able to vote for the presidential elections in May. Honestly right now, its not that important to me. Well, it is important some how for me because it is the people voting for the next leader of this country but right now, I dont see any possible presidential candidate that I seem fit to govern this country. Maybe by next year I would know who to vote for. Goodluck voting and vote wisely (You changed your avatar.^_^ But it still is you.)
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
25 Apr 09
You are quite young and your priorities are different right now. You can afford to pass this on to the elders. I am sure as you grow a little older you will vote for the right candidate. I am not much into politics also but I ensure to cast my vote. Its better to use it that to let it go ashtray. In our country, a bunch of young leaders are emerging and its good to see them participating with high hopes and promises. Yes, I changed this for the EARTH DAY, together with my profile. Will be back to original soon. Hope you like it.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
25 Apr 09
yeah, it is better to exercise one's right to vote and at least our voice will be heard. Yep, its quite refreshing, nice of you to make an effort about earth day. I just watched National Geographic on that day.^_^
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
25 Apr 09
That's wonderful! What did it feature that day?
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
23 Apr 09
I have just completed voting 15 minutes back Mimpi and the ink is yet to dry of my finger. It was to choose and elect a member of parliament. It's important for me to have my say and have the right representative elected. All the more this election was important because we seem to have some very promising young candidates who want to make a difference. If we want to make a difference, then we need to make sure we try and bring the right people to power.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Apr 09
It's indeed a good sign that youth of our country is taking active part in the politics. They are young, vivacious, energetic, learned and with revolutionary ideas. I like a few of the young leaders who look promising. Just hope they do not follow the footsteps of seniors and fall prey to corruption and misdemeanors. Even though, its apart and parcel of life today, I wish them good luck!
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@alokn99 (5717)
• India
23 Apr 09
That is an important point you have made there, about them not following the footsteps of those senior and corrupt politicians. It needs a lot of courage and determination from these young politicans to stay clean. The pressure of the party and the post so easily overwhelms the thier ideals.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Apr 09
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@ptrikha_2 (7941)
• India
30 Apr 09
Hi, I have so far voted in two elections - 1998 Delhi Assembly Elections and 1999 Lok Sabha Elections .I was to vote for a local MCD elections in April 2007 .That day,I went to vote in the morning .However,the voting machines were out-of-order and the voting officials had no manual alternative . My company did not had a holiday that day and hence I did not had the time to wait for Voting Machines to get in action. So,I had to go to the office and could not vote . However,I do plan to vote this time and the company is giving 4 hours Time-off to do so .
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
2 May 09
I wish our election procedure would have been more prompt and fair.Now who can afford to wait for the replacement these days! I wish you luck this time.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
24 Apr 09
Voting is something very ideally we should all cast. But In my personal opinion, there is no one in my constituency that I like to vote for. Plus my company do not have holiday on voting day. so lets see.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
24 Apr 09
I think, there should a button of NONE OF THE ABOVE in case we do not have the right candidate of our choice. 7th is elections here and i do not have Holiday even, still I will make sure to vote.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
24 Apr 09
I believe it is important to have a say and to be heard and I think everyone should vote. In Australia it is compulsory to vote if you are on the electoral roll and failure to do so will result in a fine. Being enrolled to vote is also compulsory although there are a few who seem to be getting away with it; I don't know why they are not keen to put their vote in.
@rainie30 (147)
• United States
23 Apr 09
It's extremely important to me, I always cast my vote. Some say one vote doesn't matter, but that's not true at all. Every day people make changes happen all the time. Don't vote, dont complain! lol
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Apr 09
Well said! don't vote, don't complain. I absolutely agree.
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• Philippines
23 Apr 09
i'm gonna be a first-time voter this coming elections and i don't want my vote to get wasted. i believe that my vote is vital and i can change things just by doing so. i just hope i'll be choosing the right ones. i hope people would also learn to distinguish the good leaders from the rotten politicians who only cares about making themselves richer by stealing money from the people.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Apr 09
Exactly! We must know who's going serve us right. I wish you luck for the future elections in your country. Here, if we do not vote there is a fear of our vote being proxied by parties. corruption is predominant factor here.
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• United States
23 Apr 09
Yes, I haven't missed voting in an election since I was old enough to vote...
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Apr 09
@ronharold (555)
• Philippines
23 Apr 09
Yes! I vote when governmental elections take place. I think that voting is important in our country because the future of our land depend on those leaders that will be elected. I want to take part in selecting those leaders because I don't want to blame others for voting an irresponsible leader when I myself don't act to prevent those leaders from being elected.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
23 Apr 09
I really appreciate ronharold. I feel, we should all exercise this right and choose our desired candidates. Youth should be more proactive. In my country elections are at the doorstep in my region and in other parts it has begun already. Even though I know little about politics but I will cast my vote. We much choose our leaders instead of playing the blaming game.
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• Australia
12 May 09
May the people of India have their say! Voting in Australia is compulsory, which actually goes against our constitution of freedom of choice etc. We don't vote, we get a fine and possibly jail time too. I don't think its fair, because our country is always going on about freedom of speach and choice, and yet they making voting compulsory.