Post # 16
Always. The suffragettes were ridiculed and tormented so that I would have the right to vote. When my son is old enough, I’ll bring him with me. My mom always brought me with her when she voted, and that’s how I learned how important it is.
Post # 18
I try to always vote.
When I lived in the UK I set it up so I could postal vote as we were going to be on our honeymoon for the Brexit vote. It was super easy to set up, you don’t need any specific reason etc, so I always voted in the UK.
I’m from Ireland and am living here again atm. It’s a lot more difficult to register for a postal vote, vote in a different town etc, you need to give a “valid” reason and do it well in advance and every single time, and it’s really hard to get information on how to do it (although I think it is getting easier to find the info), so I vote here if I’m in my hometown, or would make the effort if it’s something super imoimport to me (like the upcoming repeal referendum).
Post # 19
Twizbe : I vote in every election (I’m in the US) including the small local ones. I cannot STAND people that bitch about our government but don’t vote.
Post # 20
Twizbe : For general elections and major ones– yeah work is pretty understanding and encouraging to get out and vote. For the really small local elections 2 counties away where I live? Ehhh, it’s a little more of a side -eye. TBH.
Post # 22
I’m in the US, and I vote in every election I can. To me, it’s a right too many people have fought for (and too many people around the world continue to fight for) to take for granted. And I believe that the small local elections for things like school boards and bond measures are still incredibly important and often have an even more direct impact on lives in your community than the general elections do. Local elections usually have terrible turnout rates (the last one in my city had 23% turnout) so I also think turnout is especially important in local elections since a few votes make more of a difference there.
Post # 23
- Wedding: February 2020 - Windermere, Cumbria
I can’t vote in today’s local elections as I live abroad (safe seat anyway), but I have a proxy voter for general elections (and for the Brexit referendum). I would spoil my ballot paper if I couldn’t decide/disliked all the candidates but I’ve not needed to so far!
Post # 24
I live in the US. The first election I was able to vote in was Obama’s first term. I didn’t vote then or for his re-election because my parents never did and, therefore, I didn’t see the importance.
I did vote in this last circus election because I needed to do my small part in trying to keep Trump out of office but that didn’t work and now we’re the laughing stock of the world for AT LEAST another two years.
FUN FACT about women’s voting rights in the US:
When people were heading west in the gold rush, many families settled in the territories that would become Wyoming, Utah, etc. The women were left to, not only care for the children, but build the towns, start businesses, start the towns’ economy, build commerce, etc. This included, grocery, apothecary, medics, optometry, saloons and hotels for westward migrating men to stop. Wyoming was the first territory to allow women to vote (because they were doing it without the men anyway) and, when they were propositioned to become a state, they only agreed if women continued the right after statehood was established. The Utah territory ended up following suit, then the Washington territory. Just a random bit of information that I figured you’d find interesting since you mentioned that it was important to you as a woman.
Post # 25
I always vote. I usually try to do early voting so as to avoid the lines and craziness though.
Post # 26
US bee here and yes, I vote. Though after our last presidential election and after gaining a better understanding of the electoral vote I am questioning how much my vote contributes to the overall process and decision making. With that said, I will continue to vote. I would like to be more involved in local elections as well.
Post # 27
scissorspaperrock : I’m so curious… I didn’t know this was a thing. If it’s compulsory to vote, how do you avoid people who otherwise wouldn’t bother at all instead voting without doing any research? I feel like people would just say “oh I’ve heard that name” and vote without realizing it was completely against their values or something. Their own fault, yes, but could still affect outcomes.
In answer to to the question, I vote in big elections. I look at the minor ones to see if it’s worth my time. Suffrage or not, there is no point in ‘voting’ where there is only one candidate.
Post # 28
Hell yes. In every election I’m eligible.
Post # 29
- Wedding: March 2018 - The Venue, Barkisland, UK
I sometimes vote – I haven’t missed the last 4 or so polls that we’ve had but prior to that my voting history was sketchy. My knowledge of politics is very limited so I don’t really feel qualified to vote. For example I do intend to vote today, but I have no idea what the local parties are campaigning on so I’ll have to do a little research first. It just hasn’t been a priority for me.
I think in part I don’t have much interest in politics and I’m not sure how much difference it makes what the result is in most cases – Brexit being a very definite exception! I don’t believe that any party typically remains in power long enough to really enact any substantative change – either they don’t have time to do it or the next guy just comes along and tries to undo it anyway. I suspect my disinterest is because the.. childishness of it drives me mad. Like you have to put the other parties down and can’t just be exceptional on your own merit, false promises (from every party, it seems) and dodging questions or giving vague non-answers. I don’t see other areas of life where you can get away with that other than the playground and I have little tolerance for it. I don’t know what the answer is though, and this is the system (which I’m sure is better than many alternatives) so I’ll play by it.
Post # 30
For sure! It’s everyone’s civic duty in a democracy to vote!