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04 November 2002 @ 11:17 am
An entry inspired by comments in takaza's journal. In a nutshell, it was a discussion about the coming election, and doing more than voting the party line.

First of all, I'd like to plug VoteSmart. It's an independent website, with large amounts of valuable information for the voter who wants to go by the issues, not by the party line. [Update for clarity: By independent, I don't mean it's only for independent candidates, it just treats all candidates equal; no bias towards major parties.] It sends questionnaires to all registered candidates, to learn their general stance on various topics, and gives links to their entire voting record (if they have one) so you can see if they're more than just talk. I strongly recommend anyone going out to vote tomorrow to take a good close look at those in the running, and see if you really want to vote for the one you planned to. I also encourage everyone to peek at candidates other than those from the two main parties...contrary to popular opinion, you're not throwing your vote away; throwing your vote away is voting for someone you don't actually want to see in office, when there's someone you want to see win more. Especially those who planned not to vote, out of disgust with the campaigns being run...go in, and vote for a candidate who doesn't make you want to run for the toilet!

And on that note, here's a mini-rant from me, not directed at anyone in particular ;) If *one* more person comes up to me and, with a smug little smile, says, "Oh, you voted for [blank]? Thanks, you really voted for [other blank]!" I'm gonna push their head up their own ass. How dare they presume where my vote would have gone if I hadn't voted for a 3rd party? By the same astonishing leap of logic, those who don't even vote are voting for the winner, as well, because hey, they didn't cast their votes against his main opponent! How convenient, we can now divide major elections like a sporting match! I can, and I will, cast my vote for the candidate I most want to see in office, regardless of party affiliation. And where my vote lands is where it lands, do *not* disrespect the entire voting process by trying to push it somewhere else.

Something good: Getting your entire security deposit back.

Something bad: My pen still has not turned up.

Something disturbing: The folk at BD's are starting to recognize us!
Current Mood: contemplative
Genesis Whitmore: losergen on November 4th, 2002 09:48 am (UTC)
I get those "You're throwing your vote away" comments at work all the time myself. They never fail to piss me off, same with the "lesser of two evils" comments. The lesser of two evils is still evil, and I'd rather my vote fall to someone that I won't be ashamed of saying I voted for rather than someone I don't respect.

It was such an incident that added the final straw to the camel's back for me and Scott. When I told him about a particularly heated debate wherein I was told that my votes were being wasted on independant candidates that Scott and I officially signed up with the libertarian party.
simmah on November 4th, 2002 11:55 am (UTC)
Thank you for vote smart
Thank you thank you thank you for providing the link to Vote Smart! It really looks like comprehensive, non partisan, informative resource on the candidates and the issues and how the candidates stand on the issues, which I've really been looking for! Yaaaay! Resourceful Roho!

Also also wik: I don't think there's a spot called "'' but really **" on the ballot. I think there's just . It's kinna like there's no such thing as "I'm falling, but really I'm not".

You could tell them when you're shoving their head up their behind that "I'm shoving your head up your behind, but really I'm not." *hee*