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Did Your Vote Count? Mine Did Not

Updated on June 14, 2020
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Shyron has been a researcher of American Politics from a young age and believes in fighting for the rights of all American Citizens.

Will your vote be counted?

June 23rd, 2012, I heard Pennsylvania’s House Republican leader Mike Turzai, state that the voter Id law will insure that Romney wins Pennsylvania. How can he be so sure that the voter suppression law in Pennsylvania will only decrease the Democratic vote? Maybe some of the lost votes were Republican, but maybe not enough to count.

It is a terrible thing when one political party can decide who can vote and who cannot vote, and decide whose vote will count for which candidate.


Per: Turzai, voter ID will allow Romney to win Pennsylvania.

Have you ever heard of Democrats calling for people to produce a picture ID, or trying to suppress votes in any way shape or form, of any party? I thought not!

Have you ever heard of Democrats Gerrymandering, to change a district from one party to the other, to suppress the votes of the other party?

Have you?

I doubt it!

Woops! GOP admits voter id laws are a scam

GOP 2012 GOP 2012 voter suppression began in Florida

Maddow skewers Florida republicans for voter suppression law, predicted consequences in 2012

The GOP elections are a disaster – By Rachel Maddow 3-20-2012

Election fraud and voter suppression 2012

It is not the vote that counts, It is who counts the vote.

If election fraud does not win the election for you – try gerrymandering

The Legal way to rig an Election:

“Why bother stuffing ballots when you can just draw districts to ensure your re-election? The new documentary Gerrymandering exposes what executive producer Bill Mundell calls "the most effective form of manipulating elections short of outright fraud."

The legal way to rig an election:

Hightower in “The Big Buy:” Gerrymandering Texas

Will we have 4 more years of obstruction by the Congress?

I heard Mitt Romney say that if President Obama is re-elected, it will be 4 more years of the same, the thoughts that came to mind were, four more years of Republicans filibuster, obstruction and saying no to any and all proposals brought before the House and Senate.

When Barack Obama was elected and, before he was sworn in. The Republicans had decided they would fight, criticize and block everything that the President presents (bills, budgets, ideas), even if the Republicans are for the same things that the President is for and would have said yes to, if the President were Republican.


When President Obama reached across the aisle, instead of getting a hand shake he got his hand slapped, he got his ideas ignored, he got criticized..

A Democrat will vote with Republicans, if he/she believes in what they are voting on. But, NOT ONE Republican will vote for anything that is presented by a Democratic President even if they had embraced the same presentation before.

Is Mitt Romney compassionate?

I watched an interview of Ann Romney, who was teary eyed, while portraying Mitt Romney as a compassionate person, when he curled up in bed with her when they found out she had MS.

Ann will get a lot of sympathy for her condition(s) and, it may even help with getting some votes for her husband but, she does not have a monopoly on a man who loves his wife, many, many husbands do the same thing, including mine. No, I do not have MS or anything like that but, I have had other problems and, my husband is as loving and supportive as any man could be.

Even snakes love their mates and geese, who mate for life, love their mates.

Did Mr. Romney think that all student’s parents have money to finance a college education?

I watched Ann Romney’s speech at the Republican National Convention. She said that Mitt Romney wasn’t handed success, but he was handed the means to achieve success.

I do believe George Romney was wealthy and could afford to finance Mitt Romney's college education to insure that he would not have to borrow or work (legitimately). That is the reason why he Mitt Romney said that college students, instead of taking a loan, should go and ask their parents to finance their college education.

Ann Romney also talked about “women” and, their role in life. Yes, every woman is someone’s daughter, and can be a sister, a wife, a grandmother, a niece, or aunt.

I felt that Ann was pandering to women, to gain their vote for her husband. When the fact is, in my opinion, the cold hearted Republicans plan to control all women…..from their vote to what we are allowed to do with our body.

And, when I hear Republicans say, “we need to take our country back,” what do they mean? From whom, the Democrats? Did they mean take it back to what era.

I think ‘back to the days when women were considered sub-human, and the property of any man.” When rape was not considered rape and rape victims were raped again by the system, who said or made the victims feel that it is their fault.

We have a person, who cares about the middle class and the poor. Like Franklin Delano Roosevelt (D), who in 1935 give hope to the people who were too old or sick to make a living, signed Social Security into law at the chagrin of the Republicans, who have tried since that time to tear Social Security down, with the exception of Gerald Ford.

The Democrats are the only party that has done anything for the poor and middle class and, that cares about all the people, not just the filthy rich.

When, Ronald Regan (R), tried to destroy Social Security and when he failed, HE PUT A TAX ON IT. However Ronald Regan did manage to start the destruction of our “UNIONS”.

Lyndon Baines Johnson (D) signed Medicare into law, and every Republican has tried to destroy Medicare, and with the passing of Tax reform this time they will succeed.

Do you really believe an insurance company would take a voucher?

I just had an operation that cost seventy thousand plus and I don’t think that a voucher would go over to well. If Mr. Ryan has his way and puts us on a voucher system, and takes us BACK to when insurance companies can pick and choose. Do you really think an insurance company would take a voucher for (I heard the Republicans mentioned the of a voucher would be six thousand dollars)

Can you imagine a six thousand dollar voucher to and pay on a seventy thousand invoice?

From an Ed Schultz show I saw in August

“For the last couple nights here on THE ED SHOW, we have been debunking Mitt Romney`s latest lie about Medicare. I mean, this is their campaign. Today, it looks like the Romney campaign is really struggling to keep the lie going. They have launched a slick new campaign ad to deliver the same
old misleading message.”

SCHULTZ: “Republicans spent the day repeating that lie about the $716 billion. And they run into trouble when they`re confronted with the truth. Remember President Obama`s Affordable Care Act saved $716 billion by cutting overpayments to insurance industry experts and costs?”

“Ryan`s plan cuts $716 billion from Medicare all together. He repeals the Affordable Care Act but does not replace it. The cost will shift to seniors, you can count on it.”

So, Mitt Romney really needs to pick a plan, doesn`t he?

SCHULTZ: “Romney still won`t clarify what his own plan for Medicare is. So the former governor from Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, tried to keep the focus on the big lie instead. Here is his attempt.”

Romney's Attempt!

GM plant closed before Obama became President

Paul Ryan’s big Lie: On the second day of the RNC, I listened to Ryan’s speech, and could not believe he took the lie to the convention. The lie was exposed weeks ago, when he stated that a G.M. plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, where many of his pals from his high school worked and, Ryan said that Barack Obama told those workers that he would NOT let that plant be shut down. Well, that plant was shut down in 2008, before Obama became President.

I wonder if Ryan’s pals who worked at that plant support his LIE? It seemed that the people at the convention were gullible enough to believe it.

Now to another of Romney’s big LIES. Romney touted a steel mill, he claimed that Bain Capital saved from going bankrupt. What he would not dare to reveal to the American people, is that the steel company received lots of subsidies from the federal government!

Robert Reich, former labor secretary under President Clinton, now a professor at UC Berkeley, CNBC contributor and author of the book "Beyond Outrage." is here tonight to explain Paul Ryan, the fraud.

SCHULTZ: Will cutting things like PBS balance the budget?

ROBERT REICH: No, Ed, they will not. I mean, look it, Romney has studiously avoided any details with regard to how he`s going to pay for these gigantic tax give aways to the very rich or how he`s going to cut the budget. That`s why Paul Ryan`s budget, the budget that he has come up with for the Republicans in Congress, has taken center stage, because it must be that Ryan`s budget fills in the details of Romney`s lack of detail.

Particularly when Romney says that Ryan`s budget is a marvelous budget; it`s a wonderful budget, couldn`t have come up with a better budget himself. Well, it is his budget now.

Ryan`s tax -- tax benefits to the rich are even bigger than that. And where are these going to come from? Romney says they`re going to come from closing tax loopholes, but he refuses to say what tax loopholes he`s going to close. And he`s not going to close any of the tax loopholes that he himself has benefited from, such as the carried interest loophole that allows private equity managers to treat their incomes as capital gains.


I don’t believe that any Texan’s vote counted and unless people grow a backbone and get some gumption our beautiful country is headed for a dictatorship.


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    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 weeks ago from Texas

      Thank you for the comments and posts. Blessings and hugs always.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      3 weeks ago from North Texas

      Just 4 and a half months before the next presidential election this coming November 3rd. I hope people are planning to vote and make every effort to dislodge the current orange slug from the Oval Offic. I don't think this country as we knew it can survive, let alone bounce back, after all the terrible things this 'president' has done away with over the last few years. Most people aren't paying attention, so they don't even realize all the things that have changed.

      Posting this on AH & FB.

      So good to hear from you! I hope all is going well for you. Blessings, dear friend.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 weeks ago from Texas

      Au fait/C.E. Clark, my dear friend you are right as usual. Thank you so much for the comments, I hope everyone will read them and realize to trouble our country is in.

      Hope all is well with you.

      Blessings Always.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      9 months ago from North Texas

      Realize you are speaking of the Obama election here, but I'm thinking of elections in general and especially the most recent presidential competition between Hillary Clinton and our current excuse for a president. For some reason the media and the electorate are both ignoring the fact that Putin installed Trump in our last election. Nothing has been done to prevent it happening again and I will be shocked beyond measure if Putin doesn't do it again next year when the orange idiot goes up for election again.

      So with that in mind, I don't believe any of our votes counted in the last presidential election, and I don't believe they will count next year either. I am not suggesting people stay home and not vote, because we need to do what we can to turn this situation around, so in case Putin is asleep at the wheel, we all need to show up and vote -- and I mean ALL of us. We have to be able to say, and to know in our own hearts, that we did everything we could do to change the direction this country is going in, even if in the end not a single one of our votes is counted because Putin rigs another election.

      Unless something happens to change things soon, the U.S. is heading away from democracy and towards autocracy -- dictatorship. That is what we have for all intents and purposes right now. The minority of Trump supporters are getting their way, and somehow we have to stop them while there's still something left of this country to salvage.

      Blessings dear friend. Be well . . .

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      20 months ago from North Texas

      The way things are going, I wonder if any of our votes really count -- or get counted. With the voting machines both here and in Georgia switching votes for O'Rourke to Cruz, I don't see how Beto has any real chance. Purging the voter rolls of anyone who might vote Democratic, especially African Americans registrations, there's no way we'll ever get rid of these criminals currently in the WH and other parts of our government.

      Just read that Lindsay Grahm is introducing a bill to change the Constitution so that babies born in this country don't necessarily get automatic citizenship. If he accomplishes that, the next thing will be to cancel citizenship of people who don't support Trump or the Republicans Party. Afraid we're going down that wrong road, and faster than most people realize.

      You never said if you received the books I sent you . . .

      Hope all is well. Take care dear friend.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      23 months ago from North Texas

      With the Russians hacking into the voter's registrations around the country and basically installing their preference in the presidency the way we used to do to banana republic countries, voting seems to be waste of time. Russia decides who will be our president these days. Sounds like Russia will choose our Congress in the next election too!

      The rain and cooler temperatures the last couple of days have been a welcome change. Hope all is well with you. Blessings dear friend . . .

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you so very much for the comments, so for the delay in getting back to you, but as you know the FIOS line was broken, and my two boys demanding more and more of my time, and the grass needs cutting more often with the thunder storm rains, on top of the discouraging pressure I feel from HP because I am not on here 24/7 and it is disheartening to be judge daily with a lowered Hubber score, that is another reason not to publish any more hubs, this is the first time I have been able to finish a complete sentence without interruption.

      On another depressing note: Mr. trump met secretly with TWO former presidents of Columbia at his resort in Florida. I guess he is selling the U.S. to the highest bidder.

      Hope all is well with you.

      Blessings and hugs always my dear friend.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      3 years ago from North Texas

      With the Electoral College making the decision regarding who will be president for us, none of our votes really count. As it happens it has favored the Republicans so far, but it could just as well go the other way, and then listen to them scream for reform.

      That's if there's anything left when the next election comes around. Trump is quickly transforming himself into a dictator and if things continue as they are, democracy will be dead here in the U.S.

      What a disaster this country is becoming. Most of the really bad stuff Trump is doing isn't being reported in the news at all. He does something really stupid and that's all we hear about, all the while behind the scenes he's signing administrative orders to dismantle the EPA and the dept. of education and more.

      Hope all is well there. Blessings to you all and take care dear friend . . .

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, compliment and for sharing. I know time and elections waits for no man.

      I hope John continues to improve also.

      We both hope you are doing well. I have to go and cut the grass right now, and have to video the local debate tonight.

      Talk to you soon,

      Blessings and hugs dear friend.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Dear Kathleen, I thought I replied to this comment, but I guess I did not. Thank you for the comments, I really, really appreciate you.

      Tom DeLay who was convicted in 2010 of money laundering and conspiracy charges related to illegal campaign finance activities aimed at helping Republican candidates for Texas state office in the 2002 election by gerrymandering needs to be stopped, and the electoral college is too outdated and need revision. I know that DeLay's conviction was overturned, to powerful to jail, I guess.

      Blessings and hugs my friend.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Kathleen, thank you for the comments and taking the time to read this, I really, really appreciate you.

      My state is the state of the infamous Tom DeLay, who was convicted in 2010 of money laundering and conspiracy charges related to illegal campaign finance activities aimed at helping Republican candidates for Texas state office in 2002, which had to do with gerrymandering here in Texas, reddest of the red states.

      Blessings and hugs my friend.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Gerrymandering? There are computer algorithms that would take all the census information and draw districts non-politically. Your state legislature may be less shameless than mine, but this year in the Georgia House (2016) a bill was introduced to do this - and the speaker didn't even assign the bill to a committee for public hearings.

      The electoral college? Google National Popular Vote and see the efforts being made to eliminate it. But again, your state legislature has to make the decision. Right now, most of the hold out states keeping this change from happening are red.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      4 years ago from North Texas

      Came back to share this excellent article now that we're in the middle of another presidential campaign. Hard to believe so much time has passed so quickly and here we are again.

      Glad John is better. I really hope he will continue to improve. Sorry it was so hard to get a hold of me the last couple of days. Blessings and good wishes for you both. Take care dear friend.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Hi Deborah, yes you are right, I vote for the person and not person's party. If a person does not vote they do not have the RIGHT to complain about the person they did not vote for no matter what they do.

      I lived in Long Beach, California, I love California.

      Thank you dear friend for the comment, and blessings.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Perspycacious, thank you for your comments. I do believe that Texas has continued with the districts and even kept the Gerrymandered districts, drawn to edge out opposing voters.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for all the information and thank you for your comments and sharing this with your followers. I have read your fantastic hub on swing states, but I will go back to reread it ASAP.

      I know that my vote will not count, but I will vote just to have the RIGHT to complain about the people who are elected. If I don't vote I will not have that RIGHT.

      God's blessings to you dear friend.

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      5 years ago from Orange County, California

      I live in a Republican County in a Democratic State. (I live in Orange County, California.) I believe that my vote counts. I always vote a split ballot, choosing from the local Republican candidates and the state Democratic candidates that I think will do the best job. Some of our elections this year in California will be quite close. It is very important that I vote.

    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 

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

      One proposal that was tried was allocating electoral votes based on how many districts in a state went one way or another. To my knowledge that idea has not persisted.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Even if we dragged every single liberal in Texas out and made them vote whether they were qualified to do so or not, we would not have enough votes to counter the often 80-90% margin Republicans have here.

      The presidential election is usually a little closer, but Republicans still have a 70% lead even then.

      Whichever presidential candidate gets the majority of votes, ends up getting them all, and that's true in all but 2 states in the U.S. Read my article about the electoral college and how it works.

      It is the swing states that elect our president. All the other states are a forgone conclusion depending on whether they're mainly blue or red. Purple states decide -- read my article on swing states.

      So your vote will most likely be counted, but as usual, the majority wins and Republicans are a 67% majority (or more) in Texas. The 33% that are left are not all voting Democrat. Some will vote for the communist or socialist party's candidate, some for the Libertarian Party candidate, some for the Green Party, etc. That will probably change over the next 20 years as Hispanics make up more and more of the electorate.

      Sharing this with followers.

      Hope all is well with you and John. Take care . . .

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Au Fait, yes I am tired of all the lies and no consequence at all, just sick of the slander. I just heard that romney's latest lie could land him in jail. But who wll press charges against him.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      7 years ago from North Texas

      No, my vote won't count. The election is nearly over and I'm glad. Even without a TV I'm sick of it all. Ready for them to bring back the runaway bride again -- just kidding. Hopefully we can get back to the work of getting this country back on its feet again. It's taking too long.

    • Au fait profile image

      C E Clark 

      7 years ago from North Texas

      The only votes that really count are in the swing states. Texas, where you and I live, is not a swing state or even close to ever being one. So no, my vote won't count and even though early voting started last week I don't know if I'll bother to vote. There is only one referendum on the ballot and it's likely to pass without my help.

      As you know the electoral votes go to the candidate with the majority even if that candidate has only 1 more vote than his/her opponent. Texas voters are 65-70% Republican. There's not even the vaguest chance that all the electoral votes will not go to Romney. Even prayer could not intercede against those odds.

      Since the winner in Texas is and was a forgone conclusion before the presidential election even got under way this election season, there really isn't much point in voting. Even a third of the Republicans could stay home and be safe in the knowledge that their candidate will win without their help.

      We really need to get rid of the Electoral College and elect our president with the popular vote alone. That way everyone's vote would count. Yours and mine would count in Texas and the Republican's votes would count in MA and CA. It would be a win/win for everyone.

      I'm just glad the election is almost over so they can get back to running their usual inane news stories. One negative to the election being over however, is that gas prices will go up again. Currently just 3.25 a gal. here.

      If Romney wins we will likely have 4 more years of obstructionism, but this time it will be the Democrats blocking everything. Reagan tried to pass universal healthcare, but believe it or not, it was Ted Kennedy who stopped it in it's tracks because he didn't want Reagan or the Republicans to get the credit for passing it.

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Perspycacious, for reading my hub and your comment and the information about Mtbailz's hub.

    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 

      7 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The writer of the referenced Hub was Mtbailz.

    • Perspycacious profile image

      Demas W Jasper 

      7 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gerrymandering for sheer political advantage as done by both parties is repulsive. As for the Electoral College, those changes have to be made at the state level, and, until they are made throughout the 50 states, they will be less than successful. I have written on why I believe the Electoral College is the only remaining defense against a vote swung by a false October Surprise, and you may want to consider it. There is a fine Hub on what Gov. Romney did as governor of Massachusetts 2003-2007 and you might want to check it out (mhbaltz ?)

    • Shyron E Shenko profile imageAUTHOR

      Shyron E Shenko 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Aufait and Patty. I agree with both of you.

      Aufait, the gerrymandering in this state is the worst I have seen and it is done by the GOP, I have not seen it that much by the democratic party.

      How do we get rid of the Electoral College?

      If I could do anything to shut the Electoral College down and just have the popular vote count. I would sure do it.

      Again thank you both for reading and responding to my hub.

    • Patty Kenyon profile image

      Patty Kenyon 

      7 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Interesting Hub!!! I agree with Au fait in the sense that I feel the electoral college needs to go...popular vote should count!!

      I wish politics would change and the government would spend more time helping this country than wasting time fighting with each other just because of the party that they are in. This hurts our country and wastes countless tax dollars.

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      C E Clark 

      7 years ago from North Texas

      Very good hub, but I must take issue over the gerrymandering. Both major political parties do take advantage of gerrymandering whenever they can. There is no innocent party when it comes to that.

      We really need to get rid of the electoral college so that there are no longer swing states and everyone's vote counts. Everyone's.

      We also need to do away with gerrymandering. Getting rid of gerrymandering is more difficult because district lines need to be redrawn periodically as population changes. Where to draw those lines so that all is fair to everyone? Where to find honest people who will draw the lines fairly even if money is offered to them 'under the table?'

      To answer your question, no, my vote will not count because of the Electoral College. The Electoral Votes in my state will not go to the candidate of my choice and so my vote is a waste of time.


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