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Saving America One Vote At A Time!

Updated on March 5, 2012

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Of course your vote doesn't count, if you don't vote!

Why vote?

I was taught (way back when "Civics" was a required course for those intending to go on to college) that "Voting is a citizen's duty."

Now 2012 faces us with the decision again. Will you vote? Will it make any difference? Can even one vote count?

If it isn't still a "duty" for every American citizen, what is it now? Is it an "option"?

When we vote, we are just being American. Americans vote. If they don't, should they be hauled before the House Unamerican Activities Committee (if that committee even exists any more!)? [Actually, it went through a name change, then was abolished in 1975, and what it used to do, if it is done at all now, would take place in the House Judiciary Committee.]

I say, "Let's vote!" It is one thing the federal government pays for that actually takes count of how the eligible citizens express themselves (including some deceased Americans who seem to love voting so much that they are still voting years after they have become citizens of the Universe!)

How to vote

To vote at all you have to register to vote.

This is where a lot of us lose out on even being eligible to vote! LIke they used to say in the day when we had so many Chinese laundries: "No ticket, no shirt!"

If you don't register, you've already lost your shirt, so to speak.

Once registered, you can show up on election day and vote, or you can even vote early! Your voting district has provisions that allow you to vote even before election day.

That might be easier than standing in line on election day, but it has some weaknesses, too. You could end up voting early, and then find out that once you voted it was too late to change your mind! And you might just decide that not only had you voted, but you voted for the wrong candidate!

Whether you vote early or on the regular day, there are still different ways to vote.

Some, permit me to call them "idiots," think that the only right way to vote is to vote what is called "a straight party ticket"! That means you cast one vote which gives your vote to every candidate (no matter who is running for what) of a particular party! If someone ran as an independent, you automatically said you didn't want that brave person no matter what qualifications they might have had. And, by voting that way, you are saying that one party has all the best candidates from President right on down to Dog Catcher! How likely is that?

You could vote for each individual position that is up for election, but do you really know all the candidates for each of those positions so as to make the best choices?

You could vote for just the candidates you truly feel will do the best job, and leave it up to other voters to vote for the positions you weren't comfortable in voting for.

And, there is another choice. You can write in the name of someone you feel should have one or more of those jobs, even if in protest your write in Mickey Mouse!

Do you see? Voting can be done intelligently or even for fun! If you don't know the candidates as well as you know and trust Mickey Mouse, then Mickey may really deserve your vote!

Choosing who gets your vote

Every truly serious candidate will want your vote. How do you decide who gets it?

Some voters have been known to vote for good sounding names and against what they think are "bad" sounding names. Other voters have been known to vote only for women's names, or only for men's names. Some look first to see if there happen to be any who have their own name, and then vote for them!

Over a billion dollars will have been spent in 2012 trying to get you to vote "for" one candidate, or (worse still) to vote "against" another candidate by voting for anyone who opposes them!

Now listening to election ads may have some merit, but I prefer the voter who studies the candidates, goes to meetings and raises questions about them, and may even write or call for answers as to who they should vote for.

However you choose to vote in this next election year, may you treat your vote seriously with real thought and deliberation. Just don't be fooled by the names Democrat and Republican! Democrats are not the only candidates who believe in democracy! Republicans are not the only candidates who want to preserve and protect our republic!

As in all elections, there are stronger and weaker candidates competing with each other for your vote. Vote your values, and don't be fooled by dreamers who promise spectacular promises that are only dreams they can't make come true. There are other parties, too, and some day America may even have a third major party to compete with the Republicans and the Democrats! It would be the often spoken about Third Party.

In every election there are candidates who promise something for nothing. The only cost is your vote...and that is too precious to allow yourself to become the victim of their scam!

Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I bet you have a friend who doesn't know how to vote, Perhaps they are a new citizen or just turned 18 years old, or never have "bothered" to vote and could use some tips on how to do it. Inevitably they may ask "who do you plan to vote for?" Remember that in America it is a secret ballot, so you don't have to say who you plan to vote for (or perhaps you are still studying the candidates.) In any case, help them out, if you know someone that might appreciate the help. And then you might even offer to drive/escort them to the right place for them to register and later on to the right place to cast their vote. If that isn't being a good neighbor and a good American, this isn't the land of the big milkshake!

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee: It is of value that you included what you do in order to vote for the American President and others running in 2012, while you are living in Riga, Latvia! God bless you girl.

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      I agree...each vote counts so we ought to go out and vote or vote by mail. Either way...our opinion counts.

      Thanks for the reminder.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Wonderful and Useful, as well as Educational Hub Perspycacious. I believe my Vote does Count and will Continue to VOTE. I will Not have a Conversation about Current Events with someone who refuses to Vote. Thanks for sharing.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting! Being an American citizen I too have a right to go to the U.S. Embassy in Riga and cast my vote. This year however I have not yet formed any opinion about any of the candidates except of course for Obama. It's going to be a tough decision but vote I will.

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      cleaner3 6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      We must vote, for freedom lies in democracy, and we must take our country back for the people and not the govt.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      This is a wonderful hub! I preach this all the time. I have a friend who isn't registered to vote, and I urge her to go register all the time. One of the first things my 3 kids did upon turning 18 was to register to vote, and they always vote in elections. Voted up!

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The testimony of two Hubbers is sure! Point well taken, and it never hurts to give some good advice over, and over, and .... .

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      geordmc 6 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

      I prefer to listen to what the candidates speech writers come up with and then listen to "see" if their personal beliefs follow them. With a little research you can find out who you think is the best qualified, then vote for that person. I have a hub about the same thing I posted earlier in the year.