Happy National Remember to Register to Vote Week!

28 Sep

I have a confession to make, and it’s kind of embarrassing, so I hope you won’t judge me too harshly.  Alright, here goes…

I’m not registered to vote.

I have in fact voted in 3 presidential elections, each time by absentee ballot, and each time having to re-register in my home state of New York due to my still student status up until 2 years ago (something always went awry in between presidential elections that made me lose my voter status, hence the re-registering).

Now I live in the capital of Maryland just a short commute from Washington D.C. where the major politics happens, and I’m still not registered to vote.  For a while, I even ran with the speech writer for Governor O’Malley who was up for re-election last year, but was left saying, “Hey buddy, I hope he wins so you can keep your job, but I can’t vote for him.”  So yeah, I’m embarrassed, and I really should be.  I’m a young, educated, American citizen of legal voting age with strong opinions about important issues, so what right do I have to complain about government policy that I disagree with if I didn’t go out and vote on said issue in the first place?  America is in a bad place right now*, and if voters like you and me don’t go out and vote, that’s probably not going to change anytime soon.  From small town elections to presidential, they are all important because small change leads to big change, and change is what we need right now.

So I’m happy to report that this week, September 27th to October 3rd is National Remember to Register to Vote Week!  October 3rd is the last day you can register to vote in order to be eligible for the elections in November.  It’s so easy to register to vote that there is really no excuse not to.  You can either go to your state’s Board of Elections website and download a form or do it in person at a number of locations including the town hall, the DMV, the Board of Elections, or local universities and colleges (I would call ahead just to check because this may vary from state to state)  OR you can do what I did: go to RocktheVote.org and click “Register to Vote“.  It will take you through a few pages of questions, and then print out your state’s voter registration form for you to mail in (the form needs an original signature, so unfortunately the process can’t be entirely online and the form can’t be faxed).  I plan on dropping mine in the mailbox on my way to work this morning, so I’m on my way to being part of the American voice!  You should be too!

Happy voting!

*Before you go all anti-American on me, let me just say, I freaking LOVE America!  I don’t dream of living anywhere else. I own cowboy boots, watch baseball, and love apple pie. But listen, we’re in a bad recession, unemployment is rampant, we’re fighting two wars in the middle east, terrorists are apparently lurking around every corner, kids are being bullied to death, and bigotry seems to have lost its stigma.  So I’m just saying, I think we can do better.


3 Responses to “Happy National Remember to Register to Vote Week!”

  1. neuronano September 28, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    So is it safe to assume you won’t be absentee voting for Obama?

  2. runswithatoms September 28, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    I won’t be absentee voting! But no no no, I’m not anti-Obama (I’m still have no doubt he was the best candidate to vote for in the last election). I think he was handed a mess to begin with (I didn’t vote for that guy either time!). I wish we were in a better place after 4 years with him, but unless the Republicans can come up with a candidate who isn’t deplorable, I’ll probably be voting blue again.

  3. runswithatoms September 28, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    Oh, and, I think we can see change even with the same prez if we get the right people in congress, the senate, and on the state and local level. And don’t forget being able to cast your vote on ballot propositions which make amendments to the constitution. That’s why is so important to vote even when it’s not a presidential election year!

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