Tuesday, November 6, 2012

action: vote!


As a Poli Sci major, I've always been fascinated by our government and the functionality of our democracy.  I was so excited to be able to participate in my first election when I turned 18 and have always been baffled by those who do not take an interest in politics and choose not to vote. So many people complain about the taxes deducted from their checks, the pot holes on the road, their shady health coverage and so on, but then do not take a moment to exercise their right to vote on these issues.

Here are some scary voting stats:

Total number of Americans eligible to vote: 206,072,000
Total number of Americans registered to vote: 146,311,000
Total number of Americans who voted in the 2008 Presidential election: 131,144,000
That's only 64%!
(Source: U.S Census Bureau : Voting and Registration)

If you are one of the many who think that your vote won't make a difference then think about this: in 2008 Obama had 52.9% of the vote and McCain 45.7% - which is a 7.2% difference - and only 64% of America voted! 

Have a voice and participate in the country you live in, it wasn't a right that was obtained easily and it's not one that we should take for granted. 



Are you eligible? Find out HERE
Find your polling place HERE
If you live in LA, find your polling place HERE
CA proposition guide HERE


Added Bonus: Click here for all of the free stuff you can get today by showing you voted!

xo, April

5 comments:

  1. Your stats are very misleading. We live in California. Doesn't matter who you vote for (for President). Hell, I picked Roseann Barr.
    The American voting process is what creates this apathy. I guess we didn't take the same Poli Sci classes.

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    1. Just happy you voted! There are many CA propositions that are worth chiming in about.

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    2. I'm pretty sure you can get the internet outside of California.

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    3. Statistics aside, participation in our government is important for every eligible citizen (especially us ladies, if you happen to be one)! I'm with April, I'm very glad you voted despite feeling apathetic about the process.

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  2. Was very excited to vote today! I had actually never done it in person, was always an absentee voter, and I have to say it was kind of thrilling! Sorting out all the CA props was tricky but well worth it - no one likes an uninformed voter. Great info girls :)

    Strive to Thrive,
    Nic
    www.Thriving-Wives.com

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