The right to vote...use it!

@whywiki (6070)
Canada
April 22, 2008 11:34am CST
It drives me nuts when people who have the right to vote and don't use it. As a woman I see it as even more important to vote as we had to fight for the right. If you don't vote you can't complain about who is elected. In a lot of countries you risk your life to vote. If we want to change the world for the better we must vote in the best people and not leave it up to those that can be bothered to vote. It is our responsibility collectively to vote. If we don't use it we will lose it. If you don't vote, why? If you do vote what motivates you?
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14 responses
• United States
22 Apr 08
This election is my first year to get into voting and whatnot im 21 and use to always complain about Bush but i never voted against him. This year i voted for who i wanted (RON PAUL) but didnt have any luck with it, now im stuck with decided to vote for a douchbag, or just go libertarian and waste my vote. I think that if more people opened there eyes and voted and studied the people there voteing for, we would finally get rid of crappy presidents and have a good in in for a change. I watched the MTV thing a while back when it had all the canidates answering voters questions and they went on the beach to interveiw people and see if they would be voting and one said that the reason she doesnt vote is because by the time its done she is still running on the beach. But what she doesnt realize is one day that beach may not be there if we vote in a douchbag that doesnt help the war along but instead hurts it and gets us all bombed over here (i know that that may be exagertating but its a good example) I really do wish more people would vote, then we would really see what the majority of people want. I dont like the GOP way of voting though.
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@gewcew23 (8010)
• United States
22 Apr 08
It amazes me how many people say that they will be wasting their vote if they vote for a thrid party candidate. If your vote for the douchbag, and I think it is John McCain will you not be waisting your vote. Sure you can say He is better than the Demmy Libs, but how really how much of a difference. If you us the logic of the lesser of two evils you we still be voting for an evil. I am not trying to persuade you a curtian way, but I know that your are intellegent, and will make the right choice for you. I just do not want you to be disappointed with your first election.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
22 Apr 08
It is the young people of today that have the chance to make changes for the good in the way we vote. Even if we don't like who we have to vote for it is good to hear that people are still voting. Just think you have your whole life in front of you to change the way things are if you want....
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@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
22 Apr 08
A vote for a third party, or unpopular party is only a wasted vote as long as no one votes for them. Vote for the issues you believe in not for the candidate you think has a chance of winning. Send a clear message that your vote counts no matter who it is for. If you believe in the Libertarians then vote for them. Make a difference. If you think your candidate has no chance of winning then volunteer to work on their campaign or just talk to others about why you believe in your candidate. If they don't win it is still not a wasted vote, it is a vote for change.
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@nicholejade (2430)
• Canada
22 Apr 08
I don't vote because honestly it's a waste of time. I hate politics and can never follow them. Let alone even be bothered to hear what they have to say. They say they are going to do this and do something totally different. I say why vote when they are empty promises and if the world is going to change it is going to change with or without my vote. I have seen nothing with these politics over the years that have come out any good to my benefit.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
22 Apr 08
If everyone had that attitude no one would vote and that is how the idiots get in power. If you don't like what is happening, then change it, run yourself for office or find a person that is good and should be in and help them get elected. If we don't vote things will never change.
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• Canada
23 Apr 08
As I already stated I hate politics. Why would I run? There is no reason for me to run nor anyone that I know would want to run either. For me I don't vote cause as I stated above it is a waste of time to me and I couldn't be bothered. I have 2 homes one in a city and one in the country. No point me passing judgement on these people when I only see them for half a year.
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@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
23 Apr 08
Well then quite frankly you have no right to complain that politicians aren't following through on their promises. If you hate politics and don't bother to follow it then you can't in good conscience complain about what politicians do.
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@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
22 Apr 08
I always vote, unless I don't LOL. I abstained from voting only once, because the only party that wasn't advocating a bill that would actually cost me my job (I was working for a private health care company) was the Reform party, and I can't vote for them. Other then that one time I have voted in every federal and provincial election, and most municipal ones. I am a card carrying member of the NDP Party of Canada and I not only vote but I volunteer on my local candidates campaigning. People who use the excuse that there is no one to vote for are just too lazy to research their candidates. Yes there are a lot of corrupt politicians, and a lot of liars. However there are a lot of hard working local candidates as well. If you don't like the choices then form a new one, run for office, start a political party, do something. Not voting and complaining about corrupt politics is counter productive.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
22 Apr 08
I really liked Paul Martin, he seemed intelligent and fatherly at the same time. He didn't have evil blue eyes like some Prime Minister I know...
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@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
23 Apr 08
Paul Martin was a much more effective leader then he was given credit for. As finance minister he not only balanced the budget but made sure there was a surplus that would go towards the debt, not to mention he was a major force in passing the bill which ensured the government could not intentionally run a budget with a deficit as so many governments had run in the past. Now if you read up on how he rose to power he was not exactly the most ethical man himself and used some pretty dirty tricks to undermine Chretien (before Chretien became leader, and for the entire tenure of Chretien's leadership). The Martini's (as Martin loyal liberals were called) were a cut throat group who were not above doing much of anything to ensure Martin's succession. It is unfortunate that he took power when he did, it would have been interesting to see Martin run a majority Liberal government and have more then one term doing it too :D.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
23 Apr 08
It is too bad he didn't have longer in office. I am more interested in the man now than I was so I think my next project will be reading about the man and his time in power. I am secretly hoping that Trudeau's son gets involved in politics I think he may be smart like his dad was. He too did some bad things but I think he did more good for this country then he did bad. We need a strong leader for the NDP I think. I would like to see them in power.
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@flowerchilde (12534)
• United States
22 Apr 08
Yes, and some countries get to have only one candidate to vote for! (Can anyone say huge oxymoron?)) - I agree with you! To me voting is very important!
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
22 Apr 08
Oxymoron and politics go hand in hand.
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• United States
23 Apr 08
How true!
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@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
23 Apr 08
actually I think you can leave the oxy right out of that statement Wiki
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@clrumfelt (5452)
• United States
29 Apr 08
I vote because I feel my input into the government is important. To me it is a privilege to be able to influence the workings of our government and try to make sure our nation gets the best leaders available.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
If only everyone felt this way. Wouldn't it be nice if people around the world that had the right to vote made informed decisions and the right people for the job would get in.
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@clrumfelt (5452)
• United States
30 Apr 08
Unfortunately, though, sometimes I feel as if I am voting for the lesser to two evils. Then it is my job to pray for them to make the best decisions. I don't think my responsibility ends at the voting booth.
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@ESKARENA1 (18299)
3 May 08
you are so right, our responsibility must not end in the voting booth, we must also watch over our delefates to ensure they are doing the job we employ them to do blessed be
@MH4444 (2161)
• United States
22 Apr 08
If only there was somebody Worth voting for! I wish somebody would step forward that actually knows how to do what they promise. It takes a lot to do the job right.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
22 Apr 08
It does take a lot to do the job right that is for sure and I agree sometimes the lesser of all evil is who you have to vote for and not someone you actually like since there is no one to like!
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
22 Apr 08
If I don't vote, I have no right to complain about the affairs of the country. I try to be an informed voter, the newspapers do have a way of muddying the issues. I try to get a lot of sources, including different newspapers. The Wall Street, Journal, New York Times, public broadcasting and even the UK and other country Internet sites all give different points of view. It's still confusing, but you got to try. I admit I did some emotional voting when I was younger - voted who I liked, by the smile, the way they talked - shame on me.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
22 Apr 08
I did some stupid voting when I was young too. I would vote for the least offensive. It is hard to find out the truth from fiction about a candidate and their opinions and views on controversial subjects. I am just glad that people do try and they don't waste their rights.
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@Esoteric1 (866)
• Canada
22 Apr 08
I agree with you people need to take their right to vote seriously, I do however feel that people are fed up of voting for people that lie to them and say one thing but do another. That being said I do use my right to vote, what motivates me is keeping my country intact, we have a province that wants to separate I live in it, but I am a Canadian I will stay a Canadian!
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
22 Apr 08
Ah Quebec, that is a sore spot with me. I think they are part of Canada and in Canada they must stay. I used to think just put the French separatists on some deserted island up north and let the English and non separatists have the good land. I have known a few people from the English part of Quebec that are so against separating it seems unfair that it is even considered. It also seems like a huge waste of money. We need to keep Canada as one that's for sure and we need to stay strong Canadians. Thanks for voting!
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
22 Apr 08
What an excellent discussion topic! I do my best to vote each time there is an election. However, I refuse to vote if it's an uninformed vote. And I wish people out there would do the same. I am more agitated by people voting when they don't understand the issues or the candidates' platform, etc, than if people don't vote at all. I have a friend (my sons' godmother) who will purposely spoil her vote if she doesn't like the choices. That way she's still voting, but is showing her disapproval of the candidates. Those people who don't vote, yet who complain about the state of their region (municipal, provincial, and federal levels here in Canada) really do irk me. I find it even more bothersome when I find that they voted those leads in in the first place. Obviously, they hadn't done their homework. What motivates me to vote, is knowing that I have the right to choose someone to represent me, and that I have the power to vote in someone who can represent my personal beliefs and values.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
23 Apr 08
Yes it annoys me too when people stay uninformed and vote for someone without even knowing there views. I always have this argument in my head about choosing between the party and the man.
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@CanadaGal (4304)
• Canada
23 Apr 08
The best way to vote is to choose the person who would be best for YOUR riding. Granted, if there are some major issues that their party has opposite views than you on, that can complicate things. I had a variation on the issue of who to vote for in a recent election... all of the candidates running were excellent choices. In the end, I chose to vote for the person I've been voting for all along, because she is in the party I whose issues most closely reflect my own. She ended up winning the seat too. It was one of the very first times in my voting career that the person I voted for, won. LOL.
@Myrrdin (3601)
• Canada
23 Apr 08
That is one of the main problems I have with the Canadian system, there is no real way to both vote for the local candidate AND the federal/provincial party. I would love to see a review done of the voting process and some form of mixed proportional system in place.
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@hometyme (288)
• United States
29 Apr 08
A good case for voting: An interesting analysis but the solution is easier said than done. Politicians are the only people in the world who create roblems and the campaign against them. Have you ever wonderd why, if both the Democrats and the republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does. You and I don't set fiscal policy. Congress does. You and I don't control monetary policy. The Federal Reserve Bank does. 100 Senators, 435 Congressmen, one president and nine Supreme Court justices - 545 human beings out of the 300 million - are directly, legally, morally and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. Excluded are the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by Congress. in 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to federally chartered but private central bank. Excluded are all the special interests and lobbyists. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman or president to do anything - even with CASH. Lawmakers have the power to accept or reject, no matter what the promise is. It is the legislator's responsibility for how (s)he votes. 545 legislators spend too much of their energy convincing you that what they do is not thier fault. They seem to be able to reach across party lines very well in this area. What separates a politician from a normal human being? Excessive gall? No normal human would have the gall of a speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The President can only PROPOSE a budget. He cannot force Congress to accept it. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibilityto the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the Spearker of the House? (S)he is the leader of the majority party. (S)he and fellow House Members -- not the President -- can approve any budget they want. If the President vetoes it, Congress can pass it over the President's veto if they agree to do so. Wouldn't you say that it seems inconceivable that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who, by present conditions, appear incompetent and irresponsible? Wouldn't it also appear that, since 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, that what exists, is what the same want to exist? If the tax code is unfair, isn't it because they want it to be unfair? If the budget is in the red, isn't it because they want it in the red? If the Marines are in Iraq, isn't it because they want them in Iraq? Don't these 545 people shift blame to the same bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can also eliminate; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can also reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can remove this power? Did disembodied, mystical excuses like 'the economy', 'inflation', 'politics', that supposedly prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do -- did that ever deliver YOU from responsibility? Those 545 people - ALONE - are responsible. They and they alone, were granted the power. They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses - provided that voters have the gumption to manage thier own employee-representatives -- or they should be relieved of thier duty. Please VOTE.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
Oh how true, well said.
@2btrueinu (703)
• Philippines
23 Apr 08
Yes I agree with you. This is our right and we don't waste it. We waited for years for this to happen if we are sick and tired of the people in our government. Sometime I heard that many people are selling there vote. They may do that but who suffered from doing that we people again. This is are right to change for better and if we do it we are the one who suffered not them. They are in the position and doing all they want. And we ordinary people are just following what they want us to do. Yes they don't vote and they are the who complain more.
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
23 Apr 08
Selling their vote seems so wrong but I guess people will be people. I can see how it would be annoying though I can't understand why people with a vote don't use it wisely and make a change for the better in our worlds.
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
1 Jul 08
I am 51 years old and for the last few years I haven't voted. I don't vote anymore because I don't like any of the candidates and so I wouldn't know who to vote for and I don't want to vote for someone I don't like so there is no one to vote for. I used to vote all the time, but for the last 5 years or so I just don't. I don't think that makes me a bad citizen. I will vote again if there is ever anyone running that I like.
• United States
30 Apr 08
I do vote. I've voted sense I was 18, up to today. * I hold my nose when it comes to the current candidates and the choices I have because lately it is basically the choice is yin and yang of the same crapola, but I do vote. * I don't know what motivates me to do so, because I have a sneaking suspicion that it is a fruitless formality anymore, as the candidates are all of the same wealthy class, puppets on the corporate string. You have to be filthy stinking rich or know lots of fat cats even to run a campaign for president of the United States, the log cabin president is long gone. * Once you are tucked in the office you have lots of fat cats waiting for the returned favor. * I vote only on the strength of faint hope. That hope is fading, but it is still there.
• Indonesia
23 Apr 08
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