View Poll Results: Did you vote in Nov 2009 US elections?

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  • Voted absentee ballot

    4 13.33%
  • Voted early voting

    1 3.33%
  • Voted on election day at the polls

    8 26.67%
  • Skipped b/c lack of knowledge of candidates/issues

    4 13.33%
  • Skipped b/c I didn't care

    6 20.00%
  • Meant to vote and missed it

    1 3.33%
  • I'm not eligible to vote in US elections

    6 20.00%
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    Re: Did you vote in Nov 2009 elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    It's kind of hard to find a political candidate I agree with.
    I've found some I agree with on some issues, but as I've grown older I realize that there will never be *one* that is a perfect match. I also must sadly state that every election I have voted in came down to a matter of the 'lesser of two evils' for me. Most people I know who vote, regardless of ideology, feel the same way.

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    Re: Did you vote in Nov 2009 elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    Local issues are, or at least ought to be, more important to daily life than national issues....
    Ya, but the candidates are all pretty interchangeable. At the local level, it's rarely a matter of ideology...just competence. And that's hard to gauge, unless you know the candidates personally (or unless they're the incumbent).

    With that said, I'm a big fan of Adrian Fenty and will definitely vote to reelect him as our mayor next year.
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    Re: Did you vote in Nov 2009 elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Loin View Post
    Which issues do you refer to by "all of these issues" and tell me, aside from internet forums what voice do you by definition have, that matter in any substantive way, otherwise?
    The standard political issues that are discussed on the board, such as economic issues. I, as with most people on this board, have no substantive voice. A vote that doesn't matter one way or the other and is primarily useful for the exercise you get walking to the polling station hardly constitutes a "voice" of any sort.

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    Re: Did you vote in Nov 2009 elections?

    I will be voting later today. I have never missed voting in an election since I came of age. I feel it to be a civic duty. I feel those that do not vote have no right to complain.
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    Re: Did you vote in Nov 2009 elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    I will be voting later today. I have never missed voting in an election since I came of age. I feel it to be a civic duty. I feel those that do not vote have no right to complain.
    Yes and even though I believe we might be diametrically opposed on political issues, I agree with you here!

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    Re: Did you vote in Nov 2009 elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Loin View Post
    I've found some I agree with on some issues, but as I've grown older I realize that there will never be *one* that is a perfect match. I also must sadly state that every election I have voted in came down to a matter of the 'lesser of two evils' for me. Most people I know who vote, regardless of ideology, feel the same way.
    I'll be voting for the lesser of two evils in 2012, but that's only because Obama is absolutely awful.

    Other than that I cannot support any candidate who represents a continuation of a most detestable status quo.

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    Re: Did you vote in Nov 2009 elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnapostate View Post
    The standard political issues that are discussed on the board, such as economic issues. I, as with most people on this board, have no substantive voice. A vote that doesn't matter one way or the other and is primarily useful for the exercise you get walking to the polling station hardly constitutes a "voice" of any sort.
    I think you speak only for yourself when you state that you have no substantive voice. By your own admission you don't vote and so you have eliminated your only means of being one of those who is "counted" or "counts" in a democratic sense. Rationalize it however you wish, you are by choice only white noise.

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    Re: Did you vote in Nov 2009 elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Loin View Post
    I think you speak only for yourself when you state that you have no substantive voice. By your own admission you don't vote and so you have eliminated your only means of being one of those who is "counted" or "counts" in a democratic sense. Rationalize it however you wish, you are by choice only white noise.
    At least white noise constitutes static. You contribute one minuscule number among millions of numbers that has no effect on the ultimate result, not that the elected candidate acts strictly according to the will of the electorate anyway.

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    Re: Did you vote in Nov 2009 elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnapostate View Post
    At least white noise constitutes static. You contribute one minuscule number among millions of numbers that has no effect on the ultimate result, not that the elected candidate acts strictly according to the will of the electorate anyway.
    So you share a commonality with some who participate in political debate forums, but NOT the political process? Kinda a self defeating political philosophy if ever I've seen one. One is kinetic and one is static. Guess which I am and you are?
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    Re: Did you vote in Nov 2009 elections?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Loin View Post
    So you share a commonality with some who participate in political debate forums, but NOT the political process? Kinda a self defeating political philosophy if ever I've seen one. One is kinetic and one is static. Or one is active and one ain't? Guess which I am and you are?
    He's right when he points out that the odds that your vote will ever make the difference in any election more important than dogcatcher are roughly akin to the odds of being struck by lightening while having sex with Fran Drescher. In terms of political theory, voting is entirely irrational unless you assign some significant value to the feeling of civic pride that you enjoy.
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