Getchoass out and vote. Tell everybody to.
Much to the chagrin of Georgia District 1 Republicans, I am still a legal resident there (I legally live with my parents, just like a college student votes in either their permanent address district or their local address district but not both) and I know how to fill out a scan tron. My absentee ballot should have already been recieved by the Glynn County Election Board.
I was a Democrat when I left Georgia. I have only become angrier at the way things are since I showed up in New Orleans. The Foley situation got a lot of coverage down here, as did the shiny new nuclear weapons that North Korea is playing with these days. I also read up and have talked to some folks about the events round these parts bout a year ago, and I've seen up close some of the damage that was done when certain government agencies fall asleep at the wheel and certain bureaucrats can't see past their own particular rice bowl.
Yeah, I know there's some Democrats responsible for all that, too.
But I can't vote in Louisiana, I can vote in Georgia. So, for the first time ever, I voted pretty straight Party Ticket: Democrat almost all the way down. My most important vote: Rev. Jim Nelson for Congress. Then Mark Taylor for Governor, Jim Martin for Lt. Governor, Denise Majette for State School Superintendent, etc. I wrote in my old roommate for State Representative from Island City because I don't like either candidate, and unopposed elections (mostly Republicans) I wrote in other friends of mine. In the non-partisans, I voted against incumbency, even if there wasn't another candidate.
Maybe that makes me a partisan hack these days. I don't think so. The next time I can vote for a reasonable Republican, I'll consider it as I always do. The next time I can vote against an unreasonable Democrat, I'll gladly vote the other way. But right now, this year, the stink is soo bad, IMHO, that I didn't have to look real hard at the voting card, and the only tough decisions were which friends I wrote in against incumbency.
(We will get Jerzey elected to State House or US House someday, I swear it!!!)
One last thing: I'm pretty sure all the readers of this blog are going to be voting one way or another. Good. Get out and do it. Take the time. Volunteer with the Election Board if you can. Help people vote if you are able.
Recently there was a statewide election in Louisiana. They were determining two offices and a bunch of Constitutional Amendments. Only about 22% of eligible voters turned out statewide. Down here, not much of that is apathy or 'didn't have time' or didn't know election law - it was inability to vote because of conditions on the ground. Some traditional polling places no longer exist. Many homes and residents are in transit from one place to another. People have to worry about their construction loans and figuring out crazy utility situations.
New Orleans turnout was around 10%.
That wasn't due to dirty tricks or anything so sinister (that we always heard about from a certain defeated Georgia Congresswoman), they were because of geography, topography and limited ability to cope with a massive disaster.
Cherish your right to vote, and use it. Encourage and remind others to check their polling places and get their Voting Cards ready for November. Make sure they know their employer has to give them a chance to get to the polls. Vote early or vote absentee if you must to avoid the lines and confusion.