Research the Vote

Okay, people, we all know the BIG, HUGE election is coming up. Some of you have voted already. That’s awesome. For those of you that haven’t, please know that while it is TOTALLY AWESOME that you got yourself registered and that you are definitely going to vote in this election, and while the big push right now is to get people to vote, just vote, no matter what… I’m asking that you go one step further.

Please, please, please remember that this election is not just about the President. There are many other representatives to vote for on your ballot. And I know it requires a good amount of effort and research on your part, but if you could actually read up on the candidates and make an informed decision about the ones you feel are most deserving to represent you at not only the Federal, but, just as importantly, the State level, then you will truly have voted. Because blindly voting for all the candidates of X party, or voting for them because their names sound cool, or only caring about who becomes President and ignoring your state’s Circuit judges who might just decide to ban gay marriage or something crazy like that… well, I’d almost rather you didn’t vote at all.

Also, I’m fairly certain that most states have handy tools like Georgia does, where you can see a sample ballot and read up on each candidate. And for all you GA folks, go here: Georgia Election Guide.

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  • Becky 14 Oct 08 at 9:16 am

    What a great post! I wish I’d done more research before voting yesterday. :/

  • Michael 14 Oct 08 at 12:14 pm

    You know, in the midst of all of the angst surrounding the McCain/Obama race for the Whitehouse, I honestly lost sight of the local elections which are also of significant importance. Thank you for the reminder and the link to the Georgia election guide!


  • Super Mommie 14 Oct 08 at 7:49 pm

    I voted on the 3rd at my memo’ drive location. Along with voting for president, I voted for conservation space and if elementary schools kids should wear uniforms. They did have a cheat sheet but you had to leave it at the door before going into the voting room. It was fast on the 3rd of this month; 17 minutes. However, lines have begun to be 1 hour long. I say vote early. It’s going to be a mad house my Nov. 4.

  • Joe 22 Oct 08 at 12:52 pm

    I think it’s cool they are letting people vote early. I’ve heard the lines are extremely long in some places and that would have crippled the voting process if it was held all on the same day.