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This is a short one, but felt it important to weigh in on the "my vote doesn't count" meme that can emerge at general election time in deep blue and red states.  I live abroad and am a New York voter.  Many of my fellow New Yorker, MA and other blue state friends argue that they don't worry too much if they don't vote, they "know" their state will turn blue.  I could easily argue that my vote does not count.  Lawrence O'Donnell has repeatedly stated that as a MA, NY and now CA voter his vote has not counted.  I could look on in envy as my Florida and Ohio friends send in their ballots.  

But dear fellow blue state voters, our votes do count and they count a lot.  We give real power to the popular vote (and, yes, there is power in the popular vote) as well as ensuring electoral college success.  We get Democratic senators and congressmen and women into office.  OUR VOTES COUNT.  And to my red state compatriots, YOUR VOTES COUNT.  Greater numbers count.  Each and every vote counts: our collective will is defined by our individual contribution.  OUR VOTES COUNT.  

Huge thanks to all of you who are on the ground and getting the vote out in every state, encouraging others to see that their voices are the power and strength of a vibrant democracy.

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  •  Yup! (5+ / 0-)

    I was nearly disenfranchised here in Georgia and I couldn't figure out why on earth they'd care about a designated Democrat voting in Georgia.  Who cares, I thought?  Georgia's going for Romney.  But as I argued with the voter registration office, and finally (despite having worked all night) decided to just drive to the office and hand-delivered my 'corrected' voter registration form, I realized that, damn straight, my vote counted.

    Perhaps it doesn't matter in the Electoral College vote, but every vote -- no matter what state you live in -- matters in the Popular vote.  And that may not decide who is our President, but not winning the Popular vote sucks.  So I made sure to vote because even in red Georgia, I wanted my vote for President Barack Obama to count in the Popular vote.

    We all made this journey for a reason. -- President Barack Obama (February 10, 2007)

    by arabian on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 02:51:58 AM PST

    •  Downballot (1+ / 0-)
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      Lawrence

      races are the last electoral battleground in Old Dixie - of course your vote counts - every elections race -  every year.

      Just ask some Dems in Ohio when SOS Husted was running ...

      If not us ... who? If not here ... where? If not now ... when?

      by RUNDOWN on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 07:32:14 AM PST

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  •  Indeed! (4+ / 0-)
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    Linda1961, arabian, Oh Mary Oh, RUNDOWN

    All votes are important, no matter what state you're in.

    My overseas absentee vote may not swing Texas towards Obama, but it will add up in the popular vote tally.  I have to pay 5 bucks in postage just to send that ballot in, but it's well worth it to me.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 03:08:07 AM PST

  •  Down ticket races are important (3+ / 0-)
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    Oh Mary Oh, RUNDOWN, Lawrence

    School boards, town council, county supervisors, State legislatures.  Ballot proposals can make a huge difference in the kind of government and quality of life too.

    Get informed, and VOTE downticket too.

    •  Yes! (2+ / 0-)
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      Oh Mary Oh, RUNDOWN

      Alas, the overseas voter is not in on the down ticket races, but very important to underscore all ways in which our votes count.  Again, thanks to any and all who are out there educating yourselves and others and participating in any way you can.  

  •  I live in WV, reliably Republican for president (3+ / 0-)
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    Oh Mary Oh, RUNDOWN, Lawrence

    and Democratic for most state and local offices.

    In 2010 we lost our congressional seat to a Tea Party Republican by 1,140 votes out of 180,000 total. We won our state senate race by 206 votes out of 33,000. We lost one of our state house seats by 1,289 votes out of 19,498. This last one had four openings and our top candidates got around 12,000 votes and the unsuccessful one got 8445.

    We learned some lessons:

    Get out the vote! Every one of our active volunteers can take credit for our senate victory.

    We should be a team! This year the state house candidates are campaigning together. They are also campainging with the other county  candidates and with our congressional candidate.

    Down ballot elections matter! Two of our county candidates work for the public schools. The school board is non-partisan, but most of the members are Republicans. One of the school board members is running against one of the teachers for county commissioner. The school board has harassed both Democratic candidates and held a disciplinary hearing against one on trumped-up charges.

  •  Yes: Downballot matters! (2+ / 0-)
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    RUNDOWN, Lawrence

    Who is on your regional transit board? School board? City/County planning board (do we put the dump on the river? let the chemical plant site on the flood plain among the fields?) Who judges you when you dispute a traffic ticket?

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