Hey my little pundits!
So I just watched the VP debate… then promptly called my dad in Florida to talk about it. My parent’s are registered democrats (I’m an independent) and usually have voted democratically BUT for a little while there I think they were tempted to vote for McCain. Which I understood to a point… I think older voters might think his experience and hero status can keep them safe. But my parents are smart cookies, and now realize Obama/Biden is the best option. This is an amazing time, I mean our options include an black man for president and a woman for vice president. Generically this is so cool. But please learn about the candidates and what they stand for. The information is all over the place. Don’t trust just one source like Fox news, or even Bill Maher to be fair… although I love him. And for those of you who are obsessed with poll watching check out this site, FiveThirtyEight.com. The site combines ALL of the polling results and runs simulations to make predictions. It’s addictive. If you’re weird I guess…
It’s funny how obsessed I’ve felt with informing my parents about the candidates. I feel like living in California my vote doesn’t count so I guess I was trying to vote through them. But after receiving my “Official Voter Information Guide” I realized I had a lot to decide before hitting my little booth next month. There are 12 Propositions on the ballot in California, all of them very VERY important!
*Voting yes on Prop 2 means starting in 2015 pregnant pigs, calves raised for veal, and egg-laying hens have to be confined in a way that allows them to turn around, lie down, stand-up and spread their limbs or wings. (uhhh PLEASE!)
*Voting yes on Prop 4 would mean that a pregnant minor’s physician would legally have to notify her legal guardian 48 hours prior to performing an abortion. (Great, so instead of going to a doctor she will sneak around and find some quack to chop her up.)
*Voting yes on Prop 8 means marriage between same sex couples would not be valid or recognized in California. (Unbelievable.)
AND there are more, and if you don’t read them correctly and hopefully ahead of time, it’s not hard to accidentally vote in support of something you actually oppose. You live in a country where you actually have a voice, it’s not just to use when the presidential election comes around every 4 years. All of these ballot measures are important. It’s also important to elect the representatives that most share your beliefs. You do have beliefs right?
SO please make sure you’re registered to vote! In some states the registration deadline is THIS SATURDAY! There is a ton of information at Declare Yourself and, of course, Rock The Vote. You can make sure you’re registered, make sure you don’t miss the deadline, register, find your polling place etc. It’s easy and your voice does matter. Please encourage your friends and family to vote.
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