(Closed) I didn't vote but I am soooo dissappointed

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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451 posts
Helper bee

@Sweet.Sugar.Rose:  +1.  I definitely agree.  They are effectively throwing away their voice.  Not to mention, there was more to this election than the presidential race.  What about governors, senate, and house nominees?  Plus the other issues.  I can’t stand it when people complain about the election who didn’t bother to vote.

Post # 4
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3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

For people in stronghold states— and there are a lot of them— vote for a third party candidate.  If you don’t agree with their views, vote for them anyway, whichever candidate is the most viable. That’s the only way we will ever get proper exposure to any third parties: by increasing their take of popular vote during elections.  Your vote may not “count” in terms of picking the president due to the electoral college and the population in some states making them de facto strongholds, but your vote very well could count in determining how many candidates we have next time around.

 

Post # 5
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3626 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think people should vote anyway, but 2 things:

1) I do agree that some states will always be blue or always be red, so I understand feeling like your presidential vote doesn’t matter.

2) If people aren’t happy with either presidential candidate, I suppose I understand where they are coming from.

Now if they wanted one of the two presidential candidates to win and they didn’t vote, then I don’t think they should complain. But then again, people died for our right to free speech too.

Post # 7
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I think you should vote no matter what, but I do understand the frustrations of someone in the states that are overwhelmingly blue or red election after election. Still not an excuse though because if everyone who felt that way went and voted anyway, you never know. They may change an outcome.

Post # 9
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201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I absolutely loath those who don’t vote yet complain. It takes 15 minutes to have your voice heard (at least where I voted). If you can’t find the time or energy to get off your ass then stop bitching about how much you hate politics and/or those we elect. You get an opinion when you fulfill that civic duty that so many individuals around the globe don’t have the luxury of doing.

I had a conversation with a member of the military a few months ago. This man has served for close to a decade and done multiple tours overseas yet he doesn’t vote. He feels that his vote doesn’t matter so he doesn’t think it’s worth the time. I was honest with him and said that I respect his choice to not vote if that’s what he chooses to do but I sincerely hope he doesn’t complain about the outcome when he does nothing to change it. He was angry and said that he had just as much of a right to complain as anyone else does to which I replied that he most certainly does not. We eventually had to stop discussing it because neither of would give up. If you ask me, I think it’s extra sad that a member of the military would have these sentiments and that was my closing argument with him. We don’t talk anymore. lol

Post # 10
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7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think you should vote no matter what.  I am happy to be in a swing state that went blue (primarily a blue state)- it really does feel good to feel like your vote mattered- but I still voted when I lived in a really red state out west. 

Post # 11
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6215 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I am seeing people say that the people who don’t vote are the only ones who DO have the right to complain because if you vote, you are playing into the system and have a hand in the outcome, whereas if you don’t vote, nothing that happens is your fault. SO STUPID.

side note, I also can’t stand all the maps people are posting everywhere saying that most of the country, like 75%, voted for Romney. Guess what? LAND does not vote, PEOPLE do!

Post # 12
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@MeiFrancis:  Ahh! It’s the population density of the state, not the square footage!

Post # 14
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6215 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

@Gemstone:  I know!! It’s infuriating. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I won’t lie: I’d be way more excited about voting if I lived in Ohio. I feel like thier vote counts more then mine.

Even so, I still voted

Post # 16
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@MissFireFlower:  Haha! I will admit that I felt a little important this year to be an Ohio voter. 😉

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