Daily Archives: September 26, 2012

Today’s Assignment: Register to Vote

More writing on The Human Division today, less time here. I know. I miss you too. But I’ll miss not having a mortgage payment when I finish this thing more.

While I am gone, a question:

If you are a US Citizen, have you registered to vote yet?

If you haven’t, another question:

What the hell is wrong with you?

If you haven’t, I’m just going to leave these here for you:

The National Mail Voter Registration form (in seven different languages!) and links to election Web sites for every state, commonwealth and US Territory.

It’s important that you make sure you are registered to vote and that you know the laws of your state regarding what you need to identify yourself when you come in to vote (here’s what you need for the state of Ohio, for example). The longer you put this off, the more chance you have to be unpleasantly surprised by requirements you did not know about.

Yes, there’s an entire conversation to have about “voter fraud” and laws being passed to “combat” it, and yes, those scare quotes are there for a very good reason. However, that’s an argument to have some other time. Right now, what I want you to focus on as as a prospective voter is this: Don’t be surprised, do know what hoops your state is going to make you jump through on election day, and jump through those hoops. Don’t go to the polls unaware.

Likewise, it’s fashionable or at least common for people to present some weary affect about voting, like “I live in a red state and vote blue, so it’s not as if my vote will matter anyway” (or vice versa) or “One vote doesn’t actually matter, because elections don’t come down to a single vote, and here are the bundle of statistics I have to make that point” or “My polling place is in a church and I don’t like God seeing my ballot.” To which I say, again, what the hell is wrong with you? I live in a part of Ohio where statistically speaking seven out of ten of my neighbors vote differently than I do, and I haven’t missed a vote because I get to vote and I get my say. An election will probably never come down to my one vote, but my one vote says something about who I am as a person and as a citizen. I don’t vote for anyone else. I vote for me. You should vote for you, too. Whether your one vote is a voice lost in a chorus or a voice crying out in the wilderness, it’s still your voice.

And, yes, I will judge you if you can vote and don’t.

(I’ll also judge you if you can vote and do, but don’t bother to become sufficiently aware of who and what is on the ballot. But that’s also for another time.)

So: US citizens: Have you registered to vote yet? Let me know below.