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  •  Agree (1+ / 0-)
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    My mother is one of those, although I'm going to drag her to the polls.

    •  I've spent years arguing with people (1+ / 0-)
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      who have felt for a long time that it doesn't matter if they vote.  I got many to register and vote during the 00's for the first time in a long while.  I still take the view that it is important to vote, even if you write in a candidate.  Now, I don't really have an argument for these folks, except my personal belief that it is an important civic obligation to vote.  I cannot refute their substantive arguments that nothing changes, unfortunately.

      •  That's right (2+ / 0-)
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        shenderson, orestes1963

        Plus those before us fought for our right to vote. I told my mom that just over 100 years ago, women didn't have a voice and now that she does, she needs to use it!

        Let us not forget that in many countries, people don't have this right. :)

        •  Hear, hear (0+ / 0-)

          My granmother was the head of our polling place when I grew up.  And I heard lots of stories of people having to keep their vote secret so it would not affct their employment, etc.  Hell, people rarely stated how they voted and no one asked.  Although it was understood that everyone- except my grandfather- voted Democratic.  He was pilloried for being a republican.

      •  Back in the 1980s (1+ / 0-)
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        I worked order entry with a bunch of 20-somethings (like myself). Out of that group (granted, not exactly a scientific sampling -- probably about 8 of us), I and one other person were the only ones registered to vote. Me and Rick (the other guy) did a lot of arguing with the others during Saturday overtime sessions (when we could make ourselves heard over the radios blasting Loverboy).

        Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes

        by Cali Scribe on Sun Jul 10, 2011 at 01:44:07 PM PDT

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        •  Ah the '80's (0+ / 0-)

          Remember those times when Reagan was the evil enemy?  During those times, I was in my 20's too.  Reagan's outrageousness seemed to be the zenith of that trait.  I can understand how the young generation felt about Dumbya- not that they were alone.  

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