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Remember that voting is coming up very soon. NOW is the time to vote absentee or to register. I believe the law is that you have to register 4 weeks in advance in order to vote.
Each Election Day, we have the chance to shape the future of our communities, states, and nation by voting. Sadly, too many of us fail to exercise that right. Voter turnout in America has declined steadily for four decades. In fact, only half of eligible Americans voted in the 2000 presidential election, and only 39% voted in 2002. When we don't vote, we have no guarantee that our viewpoints will be expressed or that our ideals will be supported!
The U.S. is 140th out of 163 world democracies. This is downright embarrassing for the country who started it all. If you haven't voted but are registered, make sure you vote in your primary and general elections. If you have never voted or are not currently registered, please click on this link to make sure you get registered in time for the elections.
Online Voting Registration
Are you currently registered to vote? If you have moved recently or have just reached voting age, make sure you are registered for the upcoming U.S. primary elections usually held in September.
Why is it important to vote? The people that you let in by default, because you haven't bothered to vote, may or may not be looking out for your best interest. Your local, state and national representatives make decisions about schools, parks, city planning, transportation, college tuition, the environment, homeland security and national defense so they affect all of our lives. They decide how your tax money is being spent. It has never been easier to be a registered voter. Some states will allow nearly anyone to be an absentee voter so all you need to do is fill out your ballot and mail it off by the deadline.
Feel like you don't know enough about the issues? Voter Guides are sent out which explain the pros and cons of each issue and give you biographical information of the candidates. It helps you make informed decisions on how you cast your votes.
Here are some places where you can register to vote online. If you are not registered, do it today so you can vote in the next election.
National Voter Registration Form
Formulario Nacional de Inscripción de Votante de Uso Público
Don't delay. Registration deadlines vary depending on which state you live in.
If you are heading to the polls tomorrow, please be sure to take this number with you: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683). This national, toll-free election protection hotline can help with any voting-related questions or problems you might encounter.
Before going to vote, please be sure to:
Voter participation in the United States is dismally low. In the 2002 mid-term elections, only 42% of eligible voters went to the polls to decide who would lead our country and make our nation's laws. Research continues to show that a lack of information about the voting process and the candidates is an overriding cause for low voter participation.
To address this issue, the League of Women Voters, has launched an unprecedented Web site for voters Vote411.org - The One-Stop Shop for Election Information.
Voting is on most American's mind right now. Make sure that your vote is counted. There have been voting irregularities in some places where early voting is allowed. There is evidence if you vote a straight party ticket it will not register the votes.
Read More at Snopes.com
One of the more annoying things at election time is robocalls which are happening at a record breaking rate this year. I have never liked getting recorded calls. If someone is going to call on behalf of a candidate, they should have supporters calling on their behalf. Robocalling centers allows candidates to inundate our households with little effort.
We all are being barraged with political ads by mail, by phone and on the television set. One of the best ways to find out where candidates stand is from your Voter's Pamphlet.
Luckily, there are only two more weeks of this. If you should have any trouble voting or find that the process seems to not be working the way you expect, talk to a poll worker. If they are not able to help sufficiently. Contact your Secretary of State's election office.
You can choose your state and request your registration information. If you believe you should be registered, make sure to contact your Secretary of State to find out why your were removed.
Here is a great resource to educate you on the political races in your state and area no matter you live in the U.S.