Skip to comments.I am sitting out my first election today
Posted on 11/08/2011 5:30:57 AM PST by wolfman23601
Conventional wisdom is that if you don't vote, you can't complain. I have come to the conclusion that I disagree. By vote voting, you are in fact voting for none of the above. In the Virginia House, my race is between a liberal democrat and an establishment GOP puppet who has no accomplishments of his own and has never stood on his own two feet. The incumbant retired and the new candidate is a handoff ripe for more graft. In the Virginia senate, it is a liberal democrat against a restaurant owner that wants more toll roads. I simply can't vote for any of these people. Would it send a better message to cast a blank ballot or sit it out completely?
I am starting to wonder what I will do in 2012 the way things are going... It's a pity.
Write in someone’s name. Your own or ‘none of the above’.
If enough people feel the same way - maybe there will have to be a run-off.
There’s no random libertarian you can vote for? It’s a throwaway, but like someone else said, it at least lets them know you’re there.
Unless a race is decided by one vote, your vote is meaningless anyway. I’ve never cast a meaningful vote. I could have stayed home every single time and nothing would be different.
Write in your own name
If you have to ask strangers, does it matter?
I would rather see people write in the name of a conservative, even if not eligible due to write-in laws of your state.
If you are trying to send a message, be clear what the message is. Otherwise, the powers in charge of the parties make a valid claim that other don't care, since they don't vote.
You would be amazed at how few people vote in these types of elections
You COULD influence the outcome if you go to the polls and try to convince people to viote for the same write in candidate
Tantrums are for two year olds.
Your actions send no message and only empower the liberals.
Back the lesser of 2 evils and work harder for CONSERVATIVE candidates earlier in the nominating stage, next time.
If Obama is re-elected, it will be the end of our Constitutional Republic.
You could have done a write-in. It would only have been a footnote but you would have exercised a civic duty.
“Sitting it out completely” could be interpreted as being happy with the status quo. Besides, aren't there any other issues to vote on, local taxes or something?
I once voted (write in) for the local weather girl because I didn't like either of the candidates.
"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual - or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country." - Samuel Adams
I have determined that I will not vote for anyone who is not a Christian and a righteous one at that. I would rather cast my vote for a small party Christian candidate who has no chance of winning than for a fraud who does.
The lesser of two evils is still evil.
All democrats are socialists.
No matter what, don’t turn over state and local elections to democrats.
You will be sorry.
...you should be ashamed of yourself.
I’m in Virginia and I will most certainly be voting.
Because we are a constitutional republic does not mean you are always going to have great choices. More often than not, a 2 party system like ours will result in 2 seriously flawed candidates. You can either vote or sit out and shut up since you did nothing to make a difference one way or the other. Stop crying because the choices aren’t satisfying enough for you.
At stake in the Virginia election is our Senate. If we control the Senate then McDonnell will be able to force through a more conservative agenda. Sitting out and whining is utterly stupid.
Get it OUT of you’re head that there are going to be a Reagan-like candidates on the ballot very often - if ever again in your lifetime. More often than not your choice is going to be the lesser of 2 evils. That’s just how 2 party systems work. Winning back the state Senate today is a very big deal for the future of Virginia. If you refuse to help make a difference, then please shut up till you get your act together and vote.
You must consider the bigger picture of legislative control. Yeah, the RINO candidate who might side with the RATs 8 times out of 10 makes you want to scream but s/he still carries an R by their name. Would his or her presence change the balance of power in their chamber? Make a difference in gathering a quorum?
Imagine if Jumpin' Jim Jeffords didn't change control of the US Senate, if there were enough R's in Texas or Wisconsin that the D's could all head out of dodge but a quorum could still be mustered. Imagine if control of the Supreme Court was at risk ...
Plenty of good reasons to choke the sandwich down, remembering that you like bread even if the filling leaves a bad taste in your mouth. (But if none of the above apply, M. Mouse is a perrenial write-in vote getter).
The time to fight the RINO battle is in the primary and there are greater concerns in the general. Mangia.
Thanks... I think I’ll cast the blank ballot. Unfortunately, there aren’t any third party candidates or ballot initiatives this year. I am in SE Virginia and it is a good ole boy network of politicians. The republicans are easily going to win both races, but frankly, there is no difference between the parties at this level.
Too late for this election, but double your efforts for the next one, and network with others to quadruple the effort.
I and my group have handed out flyers, gone door-to-door, rented space at county and state fairs, sponsored speakers, sponsored radio ads, shown videos to the general public, and more.
You can't just give up.
Is McDonnell trying to push a conservative agenda? All I am seeing are toll roads and high speed rail. He has done a great job selling the state for jobs with companies moving in, but I am not convinced he has a conservative legislative agenda.
Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)
LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)
“Unless a race is decided by one vote, your vote is meaningless anyway. Ive never cast a meaningful vote. I could have stayed home every single time and nothing would be different”
That is a horrible attitude to have, every vote does count and imagine if everyone thought the same way? A big problem with the election of 2008 was that people stayed home instead of going to the polls.
We are lucky to live in a nation that protects our right to vote.
Concur. Legislating is a team sport, and with a GOP majority in the state senate, the Governor’s reforms will fare better.
More importantly, even a moderate Republican will pull the entire caucus to the Right. And put one more RAT off the public payroll.
Those are the only offices on your ballot?
We live in Fairfax in a district so blue the GOP hasn’t even fielded candidates for the County Supervisor or School Board. BUT there are other positions, i.e., Sheriff, School Board at large, Water and Soil Conservation. And there is a school bond.
And, even if your only GOP choice is a “RINO,” his/her seat could spell the difference between the Dems retaining their majority in the Senate or the R’s taking over. Whether or not an individual R is more liberal than you’d like, the majority position strengthens the conservatives who would take over committee chairmanships and the agenda, and Gov. McDonnell.
If you don’t like the choice, why not become involved enough that you can be a candidate in the next cycle?
Well said, Longbow. Exactly right.
Sometimes you have to follow your own beliefs. I did not vote in the last election for president because I believed that McCain would have compromised us into the same position that Zero finds him self in today and we would be blamed. I believe today that I was right.I won’t do it this election because the country has seen what the dims are actually like. If they elect the dims again they deserve what they get!!!
I’m proud to go to the polls today, and to support the candidate(s) who will support Governor McDonald. Today I’m only voting for a Board of Supervisor, and Sheriff. It’s still important enough, and I want to exercise my right. It’s your civic duty man, do it!
You tell them! Make the people of VA pay.
Just those two and sheriff... and I am totally unqualified to cast an informative vote for sheriff. I suppose I would vote for the incumbant as I know of no problems and the election is not partisan. Our school board and city council elections are held in May.
The Constitutional Republic ended the FIRST time obama was elected and illegally installed in the whitehouse.
You are an idiot!
You can write in a different person to vote for. Better than not voting at all. Vote for yourself. :)
Most of all, don’t let this happen again. Organize a district Tea Party and put up decent candidates with an agenda you and your neighbors are concerned about. Our Republic is not a spectator’s arena, right?! Take over the State’s GOP machinery.
Every vote counts, but an individual vote totally inconsequential. That's why exit polling works with 5-10% reporting.
and imagine if everyone thought the same way?
First, they don't. Second, if they did, then there would be a lot less votes, and one vote might count. But probably not. Statistically, the additional volume of votes merely follows the statistical trend apparant after 5% have voted.
A big problem with the election of 2008 was that people stayed home instead of going to the polls.
Not here in NJ. I had no cause to bother. One vote wasn't going to make any difference at all.
Bill Clinton set the stage for not voting. He said by people voting for him they were giving him a “mandate”. Well, that is exactly how politicians see winning, a mandate. If I cannot support that candidate I will not vote for them. If the Republican party wants my vote they had best produce a candidate that is not the least of two evils.
It's only my belief, but an awful lot of folks have sacrificed an awful lot in the past 240 years or so in order that we may responsibly manage our own government. I will at least go through the motions if but only to make the statement that I am involved in the process.
For those of us who live in New York State, the situation is far worse. Last time around, about 6.5 million votes were cast for major party candidates in New York state and 63 percent of them went to Al Gore. Assuming an electorate of similar size with a similar bias, my chance of casting the deciding vote in New York is about one in 10 to the 200,708th power. I have a better chance of winning the Powerball jackpot 7,400 times in a row than of affecting the election's outcome. Which makes it pretty hard to see why I should vote.
The traditional reply begins with the phrase "But if everyone thought like that ... ." To which the correct rejoinder is: So what? Everyone doesn't think like that. They continue to vote by the millions and tens of millions.
Even for the most passionate partisan, it's hard to argue that voting is a good use of your time. Instead of waiting in line to vote, you could wait in line to buy a lottery ticket, hoping to win $100 million and use it to advance your causesand all with an almost indescribably greater chance of success than you'd have in the voting booth.
Choosing not to decide is choosing none the less.
Sometimes, for lack of better alternatives, you have to vote based on hope even against your better judgment. Over the years, about a half dozen times, people I voted for turned out to be better in office than I expected them to be. And, if elected, the establishment GOP type may prove to be better than you expect and he will no doubt be better than the alternative.
Not showing up means you are one of many. Submitting a null vote shows something else entirely.
Shame on you — the thought of not voting should never enter your mind. Think of all the men and women who died to ensure that you can continue to have the privilege!!!
Exercise your franchise; if not — don’t complain.
Besides, a puppet is better than a Demoncrat any day and twice on Sundays. :D
Get out there and vote!!
They are gonna redraw the congressional lines. If I were you I’d bite the bullet and vote RINO on that one issue alone.
If you wanna make a “statement” voting for a third candidate on the ballot is the only way. Sitting out, casting a blank ballot or voting for a write in candidate that isn’t actually running (or doesn’t exist eg Mickey Mouse, I don’t know about VA but in my state you have to be a registered write in candidate and I caused them problems when I wrote in “Dick Nixon” for city treasurer once) would barley be noticed.
If there are only the Republican and the dem running then you are out of luck and might as well just stay home if there is truly nothing on the ballot you want to vote on.
I am dying from a lung disease, but will crawl over broken glass to vote. This is what my husband fought for. This is what my children who are active duty go to work for every day. I suggest that you find your nearest Veterns cemetery and pay a visit. it will change your attitude.
Waiting until election day to complain is not even a decent whine.
Not so sure about that. Around here, the same group of cronies pull the puppet strings for both parties. Sometimes it is a democrat, sometimes it is a republican, but it is the same group... AKA “Shadow Government” that pours in the cash, gets the kickbacks, and their candidate wins every single time. I am more apt to vote for the democrat without connections than the republican puppet at this point.
This is how BHO got into office...
a lot of folks voted “None of the Above”.
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