first-time-voter

UK General Election 2017

A reminder to first time voters DO NOT DO ANYTHING THAT COULD DISQUALIFY YOUR VOTE TODAY

This includes, taking a photo of your ballot paper, and writing anything other than an X next to the candidate you wish to vote for.

No ticks, don’t colour in the box, no hashtags, no party slogans, no write ins.


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March Fong Eu was born in Oakdale, California.  She was the first Asian-American woman to the State Assembly where she represented Oakland and parts of the Castro Valley.  Mrs. Eu was the first woman to serve as California’s Secretary of State for five terms and was the first Asian-American to be elected to a state constitutional office.

During Mrs. Eu’s tenure as Secretary of State she instituted voter registration by mail, put state election results on the Internet for the first time, established a voter fraud unit and expanded the State Archives to include a museum   She resigned her post as Secretary of State to become the U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia.

anonymous asked:

you Canadians are acting all high and mighty when you literally elected Trudeau. stay in your own lane.

What? Are you kidding me right now? You want to compare Trudeau to Trump. Okay, let’s play.

I’m going to start right off saying, no matter how many people might have been disappointed when Trudeau got elected last year- nobody was genuinely fearful for their lives. He wasn’t promoting rape culture or spurting off racism with every word that dripped out of his mouth. He didn’t want to take away our basic human rights. 

In fact, one of the first things Trudeau did once he got into parliament was make the House of Commons 50% women. When asked why he did this, he simply replied“, it’s 2015.” 

Secondly, Trudeau was literally bred in politics. His father was our Prime Minister before I was even born. This was one of the things that made people not want him in power- because Pierre Trudeau put our country into a lot of debt. The point is, of course, that Trudeau has his entire life as training for this job: he’s being working in government positions since 2008 and he’s been leading the Liberal party since 2013. If I recall correctly, Trump used to host the Celebrity Apprentice- a show about firing people- and got fired from it.

Another huge argument against people wanting Trudeau to win is because they thought he was “too young”. A lot of the campaigns from the Conservatives were along the lines “he’s good but he’s just not ready.” So when Trudeau won, the baby boomers were disappointed because it was a largely millennial vote. They blamed it on how Trudeau wanted to legalize marijuana. Trudeau got 58% of the first time voter vote and 68% of the female vote. 

Trudeau is not Trump. Yes, people will always be disappointed in the outcome of an election because you’re never going to get 100% of everybody’s vote and that’s fine. There’s a huge difference between being disappointed in an outcome of an election, and a large huge of an entire national being terrified for their lives, their homes and their safety just because of who they are

So how about you stay in your lane and educate yourself. 

theevilbat  asked:

Hank... I am confused and I need help. I've read a few of your recent posts about Hillary Clinton and it helped some but I'm still confused. I see all the honesty ratings she's gotten and it's odd because I've seen multiple videos about many times she's flipped positions on a lot of issues. I know people can change their minds but it seemed so suspect. Not meaning to be hostile about it, I'm just a very very confused first-time twenty year old voter and Bernie supporter whose head is spinning.

Changing your mind is not lying, especially when you’ve been in the public eye for 40 years. Two things about Hilary’s changed positions:

1. It’s the job of a politician to represent the will of their constituents. In our minds this often looks like pandering for votes but, in fact, upholding the desires of the people you represent is the job. And as the public changes their mind, good representatives change with them.

2. It was not long ago when it was impossible to get elected in many places if you were publicly in favor of gay marriage. So, yes, politicians sometimes have to have public positions that are different from their private positions or they will be incapable of leading because they will not win elections.

It’s wonderful that it is so difficult to remember that era…when the vast majority of Americans opposed gay marriage and it was such a hot button issue that no national candidates could hope to win an election while supporting it, but that’s the world we lived in and the world Hillary Clinton ran her campaigns in.

Was it a calculated political move that resulted in her winning elections?

I mean…probably…but saying that a politician is political is not actually a nasty thing to say. 

If you have Netflix, I’d suggest watching the West Wing episode “20 Hours in LA” which reminded how different America used to be and why there were so few politicians openly supporting gay rights for so long.

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[You’re a first-time voter, how does it feel? Are you excited?]

“Yes, I am so excited to finally get to vote for the first time! It feels like a really, really important election. It’s so important that our generation gets out there and pays attention to the issues.”
Natalia Dyer for MTV’s Total Registration Live! [x]

anonymous asked:

How are superdelegates considered democratic? Aren't they choosing whoever they want, and not following what the people are deciding? I'm curious/don't really understand the current political system, but as a first time voter want to get a general idea of how this works.

So…big misconception going on and it’s not just you…the primaries are not held by the government, they’re held by two non-profit organizations (the DNC and the RNC) that are not a part of the government. So this part of the vote…it’s not actually the democracy part. It’s very weird. Basically, if I started a political party I could assign delegates however I wanted to. I could say that there are nine delegates and they are all the members of the K-Pop band Girl’s Generation and they’re the only ones who get to vote on who our party’s candidate would be.

You can read about the logic behind the DNC’s choice to have super-delegates (who choose who to nominated without any reference to how members of the party vote) here: http://genprogress.org/voices/2008/04/09/14916/why-superdelegates-exist/