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Writer's Block: Vote early, vote often

Do you vote for a candidate based on issues or do you do you follow the party line, and why?

I do my research and see where the candidates stand on the issues that I feel are important. Gun control is my major concern. I like my guns and I generally vote against anyone who is pro-gun control. 
I also commonly vote against incumbents. Term limits should be imposed on all political offices. If you can’t get your promises done in 4-6 years, buddy – yer outta there! 
If, by some quirk of fate, the candidates are extremely similar in their stands on issues, I will then vote the party line.

When I was younger, I admit I didn’t know what the hell was going on politically. I’d be a sheep and vote however my Dad voted, or for the women or the guy with nice hair. And see where that has gotten the state? Into the toilet bowl. 

I was discussing politics with my RL friends a few weeks ago, and we came to the conclusion that there should probably be an age restriction to voting. Maybe like, 30? Although age is clearly no indication of maturity (witness myself). Or, a quiz, like the Immigration Citizenship Test – which, I am ashamed to say, I took and got a couple questions incorrect. All right, some of that stuff I learned in school long, long ago and have since forgotten. 

Freedom is my right, and I exercise that right by voting in every election.



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Nov. 2nd, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
My friends and I had a similar discussion a while back and we decided that honestly, the only way to be fair (because I know some AWFULLY mature 18 year olds and some pretty ign'nt older folks) is to have a current events test. If you can't locate Iraq on a map, if you don't know who the Speaker of the House is, or what that job entails, you shouldn't vote. I see these 'man on the street' things where people can't even identify WHO Joe Biden is. WHAT?!? How do they even know what the issues ARE, much less know enough to make an informed decision?! /rant.

Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
Yes, a test would be ideal, but I won't hold my breath waiting for that law to pass.
We need to take a driving test every 5 years, too.
Leno does that 'man on the street' thing and it horrifies me every time I see the ignorance.

Nov. 2nd, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
Fuck yeah voting!

I'm gonna go vote in a bit, once I'm done reading these ballot propositions so I know how to vote on them. 8D
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Good for you - hope everyone you voted for wins.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
Same for you!

*peruses thread above* The man-on-the-street stuff simultaneously horrifies me and makes me suspicious that they cherry-pick. I guess I just don't want to believe that so many people can be so dumb, and that you can get people to agree to anything when you give them a microphone and camera time.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, my choice for NYS governor lost.
Ah well.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Aww. :c
Well, election results for my state start streaming online in just a few, so--fingers crossed, here.
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