Speak Up & Let Your Voice Be Heard!


Election time is always a time where I end up sticking my foot in my mouth, and this year has not been any different. I have always been passionate and opinionated about the presidential election, but this year, I have a lot at stake. This president will decide my fate, in a lot of ways. So instead of ripping on the  person whose political view is different than my own, I decided to take a different approach. This post was mainly written for the non-voter…the people who don’t bother to cast a vote at all. Some say that their reason for not voting, is that they just don’t care about it; while others, just don’t think that there vote matters. Well, I am here to tell you, that in a close race like this one, every vote counts!

So, I have compiled a list of 20 questions, that if answered with a yes or a no, will show you that you DO have a stake in this election.

  1. Do you want your children to be able to be apart of school sports teams, without having to pay to be apart of each team?
  2. Do you want your children to have music and art education as part of their schooling?
  3. Do you want your children to have bus transportation to and from school?
  4. Do you want your children to be able to go to kindergarten?
  5. Do you want a say in whether your children get healthy school lunches?
  6. Do you want your children to be apart of clubs and other special activities without fee?
  7. Do you worry about your state cutting funding to your child’s public school? Do you think we should limit federal funds to public schools that do not meet performance standards?
  8. Do you want lower tuition and more government loan assistance at reasonable rates, for your kids, when it is time for them to go off to college?
  9. Do you think Women should make their own decisions about their body?
  10. Do you think everyone should be able to marry the person that they love?
  11. Do you think that the federal government should allow the death penalty?
  12. Do you support healthcare reform?
  13. Do you think insurance companies should pay for birth control?
  14. Do you worry about global warming and the environment?
  15. Do you agree with immigration reform and the decision to allow children under 16 to remain in the country through the Dream Act?
  16. Do you have an opinion about our countries debt?
  17. Do you think that  the U.S. should have bailed out the major banks during the financial crisis of 2008?
  18. Do you agree with ending the social security program? Do you have a family member or friend who is relying on medicare and/or Medicaid for survival?
  19. Do you think that the wealthy should get taxed, or do you think that the middle and poor classes should pay more?
  20. Do you support increased gun control?

So, if you answered yes or no to even one of these questions, it is important that your voice be heard. Make it heard by voting on November 6, 2012. It doesn’t matter what party you affiliate with; all that matters is that you take advantage of your right to vote. A right, that thousands of men and women have fought and died to protect through our military services and through our countries own civil rights movements.

To often, people are under the opinion that their vote doesn’t affect the outcome of the election. But when we stand together, our voices are louder and harder to ignore. All of us have something that we can fight for (ie: children, friends and family, healthcare, or the environment. ). Everyone has something that is indispensable to them or to someone whom they love.

The steps to being able to vote are easy.

1. If you are registered to vote in the state that you reside in, than all you need to do is call your township to find out where voting is taking place in your area.

2. If you are not a registered voter or have moved since you last voted, you need to register to vote, or change your address information. And guess what, ALL OF THIS CAN BE DONE ONLINE! The DEADLINE for registering is October 9, 2012. Don’t miss it! (And remember your voter ID/photo ID when you go to vote.)

Register to VOTE!

Many times I am told, “I don’t know anything about the candidates, so I might as well not vote.” Okay, so you haven’t been paying attention to any of the hoopla on T.V. That’s okay, because the party lists it platform online. Reading the party’s platform helps you better understand what each candidate stands for. They are also a lot more informative than the speeches and debates. So take a look at them and see which one meshes best with your own believe system. The following will be helpful when completing this process.

The Democratic Party: Presidential Nominee: Barak Obama/Joe Biden for VP

http://www.democrats.org/democratic-national-platform

The Republican Party: Presidential Nominee: Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan for VP

http://www.gop.com/2012-republican-platform_Renewing/#Item5

The Green Party: Presidential Nominee: Jill Stein

http://www.jillstein.org/ballot

The Libertarian Party: Presidential Nominee: Gary Johnson

http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/front

*Keep in mind, that there might be more names on the ballot. Every state is different, but the four listed above should be on the ballot in every state.

Some final resources: If you are going to be away from home on election day, you need to cast your vote through an absentee ballot. The following website has the application and the deadlines required for your vote to be considered valid on election day.

http://elections.state.md.us/voting/documents/2012_Absentee_Ballot_Application_English.pdf

And lastly, the following site helps you figure out which candidate’s beliefs or platform is best suited with your own values and beliefs. Click on the link below to take the multiple choice quiz.

http://www.isidewith.com/

Remember, your vote can make a difference!

This is YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE!

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