Voting! If You Pay Taxes in the US, Do You Go Out and Vote??

@artistry (4153)
United States
January 18, 2010 8:45pm CST
Do you vote in the elections, in your city, town or state? Or every four years in the presidential election? When was the last time you voted in an election? Do you believe that one vote can make a difference or not?
2 responses
@ramos7881 (345)
• United States
19 Jan 10
Yes, I vote in every election (that I remember). I missed our last city election, but have a good track record in previous elections since I turned 18. Voting was my first experience that made me feel like a valuable member of society that makes contributions. Yes, I do that one vote can make a difference on such a large scale. If only one percent of the US population, said "I won't vote this time, my one vote won't matter" - that's over 3 million votes!
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@artistry (4153)
• United States
20 Jan 10
...Hi ramos7881. Your point is well taken. If one by one people decided "my vote doesn't matter", and didn't vote, what a catasthrophe. I can't remember when I voted for the first tine, but I am sure I felt a sense of pride at how I was letting my voice be heard in a sense. This is what I thought and how I thought things should be carried out. That's huge. The difference between how one individual will carry things out with their policies, in the government, federal, city, or county can have a great effect on people's lives for good or bad. Good that you vote, especially when your taxes are being used for and by the government. Take care and thank you for responding.
@maezee (40968)
• United States
19 Jan 10
Yes! Definitely. Although I'm only 19, and only voted in this past election..I feel like taking advantage of EVERYTHING my country has to offer me. Voting? WHY NOT! Public libraries? DEFINITELY! Financial aid for school? YOU BET! I don't know if one vote can make a difference, but I know that if everyone sat there and decided NOT to vote (because they thought it wouldn't make a difference), it would be a GINORMOUS difference (and I'm not even sure if that's a word.. lol.) And you never do know, I suppose. It could totally be a tie, and there could be one tie-breaker, and that could be you! That's definitely an unlikely scenario, but you never do know..
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@artistry (4153)
• United States
20 Jan 10
...Hi maezee, Sorry to be so long getting back too yiu and thanks for your response, I appreciate it. Your are a baby, don't be insulted, mean no harm, I'm just so young at heart, :o). The thing I think about when I vote is trust. We have to trust that our votes are being counted correctly. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes and in front of the scene as well. I remember down in Florida, with Bush v Gore, Secretary of State, Katherine Harris put ninety-six thousand or so people on felony lists that had not committed any felony. They could not fix it that day naturally, and therefore mission accomplished, those people did not get to vote. Thousands of votes gone. Other misdeeds went on. This past US presidential election, computers were reportedly giving the other candidate the vote, when the person voted for someone else. It would be great to be able to trust that the votes were counted as they should be. The senatorial election in Minnesota with Al Franken kind of emphasises the one vote theory, he won by about three-hundred and some votes. Very thin margin, thus the recounting. I keep voting and hoping. Take care, if all is done as it should be, I think one vote can make a difference. Keep it up. "o). Thanks.