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Voting Is Your Constitutional Right

Updated on February 23, 2013
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The 2012 Presidential Election has come and gone. Now, our President has four years to get a lot of work done but he cannot do it alone. Our responsibility as voting citizens does not end with the end of an election. Now, it is up to us to hold the President and our Congressional Representatives accountable for the promises they have made.

If you did not vote in the Presidential Election, now is the time to ask yourself why and, to become involved in the political process. Voting should never be an arbitrary decision. When you walk into your polling place the vote you case carries with it an expectation that the people you are hiring will do the work you want them to do. Do your homework and decide what issues matter to you. Then, start making your voice heard in the local office of your House and Senate representatives.

Making Informed Decisions Before Voting

Long before you vote, you should ask yourself the following questions.

  • Which candidate has demonstrated more concern for PEOPLE?
  • Which candidate has a cool head and will make INFORMED decisions?
  • Which candidate do I honestly feel has more INTEGRITY?
  • Which candidate do I feel has the courage to make the TOUGH DECISIONS?
  • Which candidate will weigh all the options before sending our troops into WAR?
  • Which candidate has the best chance of forming diplomatic relations with other WORLD LEADERS?
  • Which candidate is less likely to play partisan POLITICS?
  • Which candidate has a real vision for the FUTURE?
  • Which candidate cares more about the country than their own EGO?
  • Which candidate do you TRUST most?
  • Which candidate do you feel is most CONSISTENT in their conduct.
  • Which candidate is likely to do what is necessary to keep us SAFE?
  • Which candidate is more THOUGHTFUL when making decisions?
  • Which candidate is more concerned about the future than about the POWER?
  • Which candidate do you think has demonstrated the most honest image of their VALUES?

Now that the election is over...

Stop the blame game. It serves no purpose. Many things could be different if our representatives in Congress would put partisan politics aside for the good of the people. Remind yourself that one person, man or woman, cannot and does not run this country alone. We are bound by a democratic process handed down by our founding fathers. The people we elect are dependent on their advisors and staff to inform and advise them. If you believe that one person will be the savior of all that is wrong in our country, you are going to be disappointed. It is s much your responsibility as anyone's to let your voice and opinions be heard.

Elections are about many things. They are NOT just about the economy, although that is critically important. It is also about keeping us safe, educating our children to become leaders on the world stage, taking care of our own who are wounded, sick, homeless or hungry. Elections are about our children, our elderly, and the working class. They are about your business, your taxes, and your retirement. You representatives need to hear from you; to know what matters to you. You have a responsibility to be involved in the decisions they make. Voting is your constitutional right but holding those you elect accountable is your moral and social obligation. The best way to a bright future is to be involved. If you care enough about your future and the future of your loved ones, take the time to write or meet the people you elect. Give them a face to remember. Make it personal.

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    Howard Schneider 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

    Very well said, lrc7815. Everybody study up and vote your interests. And PLEASE VOTE.

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    Some really good thoughts here regardless of party favoritism. There are some ideas here that I probably did not think about. You did a really good job on a very touch subject these days...I am voting up and sharing around.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi HSchneider. Thanks so much for adding to what I feel is such an important message.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Carol. Thanks for being here again. This is so important. I'm so fed up with the process and when it's all over, I don't want to hear people complaining about the outcome. This is our chance to vote for what we believe, right or wrong. Thank you for sharing it. I mean that sincerely.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Linda, I didn't think I'd ever get here; now the customers have been placated and I can give you some Hub Love.

    Great job and plea for responsible voting. This is a biggie coming up; this nation is in trouble economically, and although one person does not control the nation, one person can most definitely affect what happens for the next four years.

    I have already voted, and now the waiting game begins. Great message, presented intelligently and logically.

    bill

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Bill! I'll take your hub love with great appreciation and send some back, certainly. I had been thinking about this for the past few days. I felt it was time to appeal to logic; to take the politics of parties out of it; and, to simply ask people to apply logic. I am very opinionated about this election but felt I would make more progress leaving my personal thoughts out of it. It's more important for people to vote this time. To be honest, I am really worried about the outcome of this election but I will live the best way possible, however it turns out. We have our work cut out for us, no matter which way it goes, don't we?

    Hugs to you and wishes for a perfect afternoon.

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    e-five 4 years ago from Chicago, Illinois, USA

    I'm glad you mention the effect that voting for a third party might have. Although I'm sympathetic to people who suggest that a third party is the way to go because of disgust with the two major parties, I still don't understand how simply being NOT of the two current parties makes any appreciative difference. You'll never be able to find a candidate who would do EVERYTHING you'd do, the way you'd do it, for the reasons you would (unless you were running for the office yourself). I've found that third parties often have "deal-breaker" positions on issues just as much as Republicans or Democrats. And from a PRACTICAL standpoint, a President or member of Congress not affiliated with a major party is going to have an uphill battle forming coalitions (if they're even possible at all, anymore).

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    Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Great hub, Linda. I'm very anxious about this election, partly because some people say they aren't going to vote (which is a "passive" vote in my opinion), and others say they're voting for Independent candidates who have no chance of winning. Making a statement by voting Independent will have only the same effect that voting for Ross Perot did way back when....That is also a "passive" vote, and the candidate who benefits from it may not be the person you want in the Oval Office.

    I am also worried about the voting machines in Ohio, many of which are owned by a company in which Romney's son (the one who said he wanted to hit the president) is a major stockholder. These machines are considered very vulnerable to hacking. There is currently a petition on SignOn.org requesting that the Department of Justice investigate these voting machines before the election. Anyone who reads this and finds the potential for "altered" votes due to hacking unacceptable should go to that website and sign the petition.

    Voted Up+++

    Jaye

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi e-five. What a great comment you have added to this discussion. I will admit that if a third party candidate could ever really get the support needed to win, I might be inclined to vote third party but for now, it's simply not a viable option. This election is very worrisome and I just hope that by talking about it, we are making a difference. My sincere thanks for your being here, reading, and adding valuable commentary.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Jaye! Gosh, I hope this hub goes viral and every gets to read your remarks. I have signed the petition for on the situation in Ohio and have asked all my frinds to do so as well. I share your concern and really appreciate your visit here and the thought provoking comment you have added.

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Really good work! I spread your thoughts. 2012 is the first I cannot vote.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hey MH. Thanks for sharing. This one is important so I'm trying to do what I can.

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    Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

    Thank you for posting this necessary and important hub. Just flipping a lever doesn't mean you've done your part. Taking your right to vote serious is a responsibility we all share. Someone at a gathering the other evening had suggested not voting. That was appalling to me as I feel too much was sacrificed to afford me this opportunity. I told this individual to research countries where they are not given this right. People are sacrificing their lives for the right we have.

    Great hub. Voting up and sharing.

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    Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

    Great message! I am betting that those who read it will take it to heart. Fabulous!

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    Mr Archer 4 years ago from Missouri

    Well said! We have to try to make a difference in our country; if not us, who?

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    shiningirish eyes - I love your response to the person who said they were not going to vote. Your words hit right where they should have. There have been many sacrifices throughout history that ensured we still have a voice. I am so proud of you. Thank you for sharing the story.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Dexter. Thank you. I sure hope people are listening. I've never been as concerned about an election as I am this one. I appreciate your taking time to read this and add your voice to the importance of the message.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Mr Archer! Hello. I thank you very much for the support. You asked an important question. "If not us, who?" The answer is frightening. Thanks much.

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    Great and timely Hub, Linda! I too signed the petition about those Ohio voting machines. It seems the election may just come down to that one state. I saw an article the other day that 106 counties my decide the whole thing. It is a scary time, as it has been really since 1968 in this country. We can't let it slip back to the neocons running the country through another puppet like they had with W.

    We already dropped our ballots off.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Good for you xstatic. I may wish I had opted for absentee voting but, I want to feel the electricity of standing in line waiting to exercise my right to vote. Thanks for being a participant in the process!

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    We have vote by mail in Oregon and no problems with fraud either. I dropped ours off in a special box by a branch library and they are collected daily by volunteers, one registered Demo and one Republican.

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    Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

    lrc7815 Thank you for writing another important hub. The others are wonderful also.

    Voted up again.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    xstatic - Oregon is so far ahead of the rest of the country in so many ways. It's nice to know somebody is doing it right. Thanks for the uplifting message.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Michele. I'll be glad when it's over and we can get back to dealing with the outcome. lol

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    Jean Bakula 4 years ago from New Jersey

    Hi Linda,

    You really touched on the most important issue here, the one that is getting neglected. Why can't we all work together for the betterment of our country? This bipartisan nonsense has to stop. It seems it began at the Bush/Gore election, and never got better. That made people not trust the Supreme Court, to feel like elections could never be fair again. The far right has taken over the R's, and D's are really the moderates, the US doesn't have a true liberal party. But as others point out, when we have a 3rd candidate in the US, it gives more votes to one person, maybe not the best one, or sways the election in other ways. I still hope people come out. I'll go door to door to pick people up to bring them to the polls. Ohio seems to be going through a lot right now. I am hoping Obama wins, he deserves a chance. The racist and lying threats of the last 4 years have so disgusted me, it's been shameful. Romney already sends too much work to China.

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    Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    lrc7815, Bravo! I love the 'questions to ask yourself' and I agree with all that you have said. I don't vote for a party, I vote for the person I think will do it right if given the chance. And I am totally with you when you say Congress needs to think about the people they represent. This is so well said I think it should be posted at every polling place--especially the 'questions to ask yourself'. Voted Way Up!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jean - You have echoed my feelings. The best part of your message is that ...you are doing something. Kudos to you for being willing to get out there and help people exercise their right to vote. That's awesome.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    grandmapearl - Thanks so much for reading and, for the supportive comment. You are more than kind; you speak with passion and that is so refreshing. Thanks for the vote up too.

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