your-vote-matters

Thank you, everyone who reblogged and voted!!

The poll ended last night! Can’t wait to hear the results!!


Democracy for America is running a poll, and will endorse a candidate who gets at least 67% of the vote! This is a supermajority so Bernie will need lots of votes if we’re going to win this!

All it asks for is your name, email and zip code. You will need to be able to confirm that email address but you could always make a junk gmail account if you don’t feel safe providing your real email.

I’ve seen you work miracles before, Tumblr, so let’s make this take off! Let’s WIN!

Here’s where you can vote! http://2016.democracyforamerica.com/

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Ten Terrible Reason to not Vote (and two good ones)
In which Hank wants to make it very clear that you really should vote if you can. Are you registered? http://canivote.org RockTheVote State-by-State Voter In...

For Americans who are eligible to vote:

  1. “I don’t want to get jury duty!”   Being registered to vote has nothing to do with jury duty.  Anyone who pays taxes can get jury duty.
  2. “I don’t want to vote for the lesser of two evils!”   Stated wonderfully here: not voting for the lesser of two evils is like giving half a vote for the greater of two evils.  Sometimes, you get to vote on the greater of two goods.
  3. “I don’t know how to vote, or who to vote for!”  With the internet, learning about local issues is now extremely easy, and no longer time-consuming.  Also using the internet, you can learn how to vote, when to register.  If you don’t know if you’re registered, look it up here.
  4. “I don’t really care.”  Perfectly acceptable.  If you don’t care, don’t vote.
  5. “Elections are controlled by the rich!”  Corporations get fewer votes than you, and millionaires get the same amount.  Millionaires can change the vote, however, because most of them actually vote.
  6. “I physically can’t get to the polls.”  Absentee voting is annoying, but it exists.
  7. “Politics is eating my soul.”  Politics now seem to be about scaring people and raising hell and anxiety in the population.  The gridlock is annoying.  People care more about personal attacks than actual issues.  The only way to change this is to vote away from partisanship.
  8. “It’s not even a democracy.”  Yes it is.  Every American citizen can vote unless special circumstances forbid it.  It could be more representative, but you know how to change that?  You vote.
  9. “My vote doesn’t matter.”  IF EVERY YOUNG PERSON WHO USES THIS EXCUSE VOTES ONE TUESDAY EVERY TWO YEARS THEY WOULD LITERALLY BE THE DECIDING VOTE IN THOUSANDS OF ELECTIONS.

People born after 1980 make up 30% of people who can vote.  Only 21% of them vote.

  If you’re not voting, no one is hearing your voice.

Friendly reminder that voting for anyone besides Hillary means Trump wins because the Democratic votes will be split while Trump supporters remain strong despite the craziness we are seeing from his campaign and supporters.

We need to vote for Hillary if we dont want Donald Trump. Even if shes not the best candidate either.

And hey, if nothing else, yay first female President ever. I mean we gotta take the wins where we get them at this point. -_-

Are you a first time voter?

There are a lot of resources available to help you get ready to vote on October 19th! 

Apps

Confused about the process?

Who do I vote for? Need some help narrowing down what is important to you?

Voting in US presidential elections matters (even though the president isn’t quite directly elected)

Anonymous asked: Re: voting: Why does your vote for president matter when the electoral college chooses the president?

Realsocialskills answered: Your vote for President matters because the voters determine who the electoral college chooses in your state.

Each state gets a certain number of electoral college votes. After the state’s polls close and the votes are tallied, the electors meet. The electors vote for the presidential and vice presidential candidates the majority of voters voted for. So, the voters in your state, including you, determine how your state will vote.

(The legal mechanics of this vary state-by-state, and in some states they are technically not legally required to vote this way. But in practice there is a very, very strong tradition of always doing so, to the point that there may as well be a law.)

Your vote also matters even if it doesn’t influence the outcome of the election. It doesn’t just matter who wins, it also matters how much they win by. Because politicians and political parties want to keep winning elections, they pay close attention to what’s popular and unpopular with voters.

When a large majority of American voters vote for a particular candidate, it shows that their strategy for getting elected was really effective. Other politicians, and political parties, take this into account when they make decisions. Anything that wins a lot of votes will influence what politicians do to seek political power, and what they do with their power once they have it.

This means that presidents who win by a huge majority of votes have much more power to keep their campaign promises. Most campaign promises are in significant part about changing the law. There are some things the president can do unilaterally, but most of the really important changes require Congress to vote on new laws.

Senators and members of Congress can decide to support the change, oppose it, or remain neutral. When a president wins by a large majority, politicians have to consider the possibility that opposing the president’s agenda would cost them votes.

If the president didn’t win by so much or even lost the popular vote, senators and members of congress don’t have to worry so much about opposing them — and may even get the message that opposing them will get them votes. (It’s particularly important how people in their state or district voted, even if it doesn’t influence the outcome of the national election. Even if the candidate lost in your state, if they got more votes than expected, your politicians will notice.)

The outcome of the popular vote also influences how likely presidents are to keep the campaign promises that they *are* in a position to keep unilaterally. Presidents want to get elected for a second term, and they want candidates from their party to keep winning after they leave office. When they win a strong majority of the popular vote, it sends the message that keeping their campaign promises will help them to get reelected and will make their party stronger.

It also influences the positions and strategies of the political parties. When a president wins by a lot of votes, their political party will usually focus on continuing to appeal to the voters who voted for them. The other party will also usually try to figure out how to appeal to those voters more. This affects which candidates they pick, and which positions they support and oppose.

Politicians want to get elected, parties want to run candidates who can win. When appealing to a certain group gets a party a huge number of votes, they’re more likely to keep doing it. When it doesn’t influence the election much, they’re more likely to conclude that that group isn’t an important demographic for winning elections. When it makes them lose, they’re likely to distance themselves.

For instance, a political party may run a campaign based on appealing to marginalized groups. If this wins them the election by a large margin, they get the message that winning elections depends on continuing to work on issues those groups care about. That will influence how winning candidates vote, and it will influence how all candidates campaign.

Similarly, a party may run a presidential campaign based on appealing to xenophobic racists. If this causes them to lose an election by a wide margin, they’re more likely to distance themselves from xenophobic racists. Likewise, if a party’s position on immigration, education, taxes, or whatever else gets them a lot of votes or loses them a lot of votes, it will influence their choices about whether and to what extent they continue to promote that policy.

Also, your congressional representative, your senator, and your state officials are directly elected. So is your school board, your city council, your mayor, and probably your county sheriff. So if you’re going to show up and vote for them, you may as well also vote for president. Every elected office matters, and every vote ultimately counts.

Tl;dr The mechanics of voting for President of the United States are fairly odd, but your vote matters anyway. Scroll up for an explanation of why.

Please for the love of all that’s holy, unholy, and everything in between, go vote. All elections are important, but this one is especially so. Who we vote into office as the prime minister will shape Canada for decades to come and will have very real repercussions if we continue down the trend we currently are with Harper. This isn’t the Canada I envision and I doubt it’s very many other Canadians’ either if we all actually researched politics and knew what was happening. Go vote. The system may be broken, but it can be fixed and to do so we need change.

The fact that most young Canadians know more about US politics rather than Canadians ones is ridiculously sad. Perhaps we should start instituting a Civics class in High School where the electoral system is explained along with the major parties and what their main platforms are/how they differentiate. While there is no reason not to be educated about politics, something needs to be done in the school system. Thousands of young Canadians are graduating with no understanding of how politics work in Canada beyond what they may hear from friends/neighbours or online and that needs to change. I was lucky enough to have a socials 11 teacher who was civically minded and to also obtain a BA degree in which I learned even more about our system. Not everyone goes to college/uni and not everyone should be expected to. But everyone attends high school and a rudimentary understanding of how our system works should be taught to everyone in grade 11 and 12

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David dusting off his acting chops for the Your Vote Matters campaign by Straight Up for Equality, an organisation that supports marriage equality in Ireland.

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