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  • I do not live in a swing state but feel very vested in Presidential elections.

    3 16.67%
  • I do not live in a swing state and do not feel my vote matters in Presidential Elections

    8 44.44%
  • I don't participate in Presidential elections; citizenhip, record, protest, don't care

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    Do people not living in swing states feel less vested in Presidential elctions?

    I live in a swing state and people here pretty much accept the notion that their vote is hugely important in the future of America. In fact, without going into detail I think I personally affected the outcome of a Presidential election.

    However if you live in California, Alabama, Massachusetts or Texas what's there to get excited about? Everybody knows how their state's Electoral College votes will go if they vote or not. Voting is important but for most states voting for POTUS seems more about making a statement than determining who will be the next President.

    Do people living in states where the outcome of a Presidential election is pretty much decided feel lees invested in the race than people in swing states?
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    Re: Do people not living in swing states feel less vested in Presidential elctions?

    I don't live in a swing state, but I vote blue in a red state, so my vote doesn't matter. That being said, I still vote, because I feel like I can't complain about the current political climate unless I had a say in how it got there.
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    Re: Do people not living in swing states feel less vested in Presidential elctions?

    I feel it important to vote but I don't live in a swing state, I live in a very very blue state and that's not going to change any time soon so while I still feel it important to exercise my right to vote I know that it's not going to change anything at least not at a national level, local elections are another story.
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    Re: Do people not living in swing states feel less vested in Presidential elctions?

    Sometimes we swing, sometimes we don't. When I was a dyed in the wool progressive democrat who thought that the democrats actually did want to make a difference, I knew my vote would never count because I lived in such a conservative area and the GOP usually won or a democrat to the right of the GOP. Now, when we get swinging, I still don't think my vote matters that much so I often don't even cast a ballot in the "main event" races like Senate and House, but vote for other things like state offices.

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    Re: Do people not living in swing states feel less vested in Presidential elctions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    I live in a swing state and people here pretty much accept the notion that their vote is hugely important in the future of America. In fact, without going into detail I think I personally affected the outcome of a Presidential election.

    However if you live in California, Alabama, Massachusetts or Texas what's there to get excited about? Everybody knows how their state's Electoral College votes will go if they vote or not. Voting is important but for most states voting for POTUS seems more about making a statement than determining who will be the next President.

    Do people living in states where the outcome of a Presidential election is pretty much decided feel lees invested in the race than people in swing states?
    Texas may not be a swing state, but it is an anchor state. Without it to hold back the red tide, swing states wouldn't matter and the country would be guaranteed to be flushed into the sewer.
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    Re: Do people not living in swing states feel less vested in Presidential elctions?

    Really our votes don't matter in the long run. The electoral collage is what votes a president in, we just show them where we want them to vote and in like 3 states that doesn't even matter and they can vote anyway they want. in in states with 8, 10, even 20 million people in them, 1 vote means basically nothing

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    Re: Do people not living in swing states feel less vested in Presidential elctions?

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    Texas may not be a swing state, but it is an anchor state. Without it to hold back the red tide, swing states wouldn't matter and the country would be guaranteed to be flushed into the sewer.
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    Re: Do people not living in swing states feel less vested in Presidential elctions?

    As a swing state resident, I guess its supposed to be an advantage since I actually get to choose the POTUS but in my heart it doesn't seem fair than most American's votes don't sort of matter.
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    Re: Do people not living in swing states feel less vested in Presidential elctions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    I live in a swing state and people here pretty much accept the notion that their vote is hugely important in the future of America. In fact, without going into detail I think I personally affected the outcome of a Presidential election.

    However if you live in California, Alabama, Massachusetts or Texas what's there to get excited about? Everybody knows how their state's Electoral College votes will go if they vote or not. Voting is important but for most states voting for POTUS seems more about making a statement than determining who will be the next President.

    Do people living in states where the outcome of a Presidential election is pretty much decided feel lees invested in the race than people in swing states?
    It's the primary reason I sometimes don't vote for president. If there's no candidate I actually like, I don't feel obligated to vote the party, because my state does so no matter what I do.

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    Re: Do people not living in swing states feel less vested in Presidential elctions?

    I never really understood how states always vote one way or the other there has to be some give depending on how bad the government was. Here almost every province is a toss up (well some provinces lean but are not 100% assured) with very few assured votes but then gain we have three parties; maybe that is what American needs to shake things up.

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