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I live in the beautiful mountainous Northwest Arkansas where the leaves are now changing, giving the hills a mixture of shades from green to yellow to orange to brown. This is a great place to live. However, it also happens to be in a red district of a red state.

Some of my friends recently discounted my urgency to make sure I voted. I couldn't get out to early vote fast enough. But they said, "why bother" and "it doesn't matter, we know who's going to win." I just can't help myself, I want to participate. I want my wife to participate. I want my kids to participate. It is how we form our world.

Beyond my feelings, there are things I think my friends are overlooking about the importance of voting in our red district of a red state. In my district, the Democrats didn't even field a candidate against the Republican U.S. House candidate. Yet another reason that some think its a waste. However, what they don't think about and what EVERYONE should be thinking about is two major points.

1. The popular vote doesn't matter...until it does.
  1a. Al Gore won the popular vote and lost the first count in Florida. He challenged Florida and eventually lost. However, he made an effort and had the justification that he won the popular vote on his side.
  1b. John Kerry lost the popular vote and for that very reason, decided not to challenge Ohio in 2004. Without that justification, he could not press the issue

While I think we are all hoping it doesn't come to that, you know it can happen, it just did.

2. What is holding this economy back? We're losing government jobs.
  2a. Republicans in state legislatures and in governorships have been taking over and gutting state budgets, firing teachers, firefighters, cops, state workers. This has led to the continual growth of jobs in the private sector being dragged down every month by the loss of jobs in the public sector.
  2b. Democrats controlling state government will give the president what he needs to fulfill his promise and get the recovery fully moving. Democrats in your local races means less road blocks to a full economic recovery in the public sector.

My Democratic candidate for state house is running against a well funded Republican. This guy has sent out so many flyers and has so many signs on the road, its ridiculous. However, this is a down the middle, perhaps Democratic leaning state house district. If me and my wife didn't vote, David Whitaker wouldn't have a chance. If people like my friends vote, the state house might stay Democratic in Arkansas. This would allow the Affordable Care Act to take full effect in the state. This state needs the Medicaid provisions worse than any other state in the country. If the governor has to fight Republicans, that puts the implementation in serious jeopardy. This affects a huge portion of the state, the portion that needs help the most.

So, please, your vote will not be wasted. It is important on a national level, it is important on a state level, it is important on a local level. Not in a swing state? Not in a swing district? VOTE! Better yet, get your fiends to vote too.

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  •  Abso-tively. 435 District Strategy Is What We Need (11+ / 0-)

    because we need to expand the Democratic party's farm team.

    Tomorrow's school board member is a later town council and then state rep then Congress or Senator.

    Every jurisdiction matters.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 08:51:05 PM PST

    •  And we have seen that it's worked (6+ / 0-)

      for a lot of Republicans, particularly the more extreme ones. In fact, it's worked so well, there aren't many Republicans who aren't extreme these days because they can't hold onto their seats.

      The religious right tried running people for big elections some 20 years ago and lost most everywhere. They didn't give up, they regrouped. They decided to start running for school boards and hospital boards, city and county councils, sheriffs and constables, local judges and mayors.  They had success and moved on to more races in towns and some statewide races, too. Then federal elections. Then Michele Bachman and Sarah Palin and Paul Ryan.

      Stepping up for election and getting out the vote is critical from the smallest local office to that of president.

      Good comment, and good diary. Thanks to you both.

      The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. -- John Kenneth Galbraith

      by scarlet slipper on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 09:04:08 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  It really starts more local than that (2+ / 0-)
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      jan4insight, defluxion10

      State house.  as well as governor, secy of state, etc... Arizona is really a purple state. But our ALEC-controlled state legislature creates insanity here.

      Because people really ignore these races...

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics" - F.D.R.

      by biscobosco on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 10:23:10 PM PST

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  •  Remember, You Can Still Make Phone Calls (6+ / 0-)

    ... until (almost) polls close tomorrow evening on the West Coast.  From my personal experiences in various Presidential and other political campaigns, last-minute phone calls matter. Some voters just need a little push and encouragement.

    Good luck to President Obama, Vice President Biden, and all the other Democratic candidates on Election Day.

    Online/Remote/Virtual Phone Banking Links for Election 2012

    Phone Banking Guidelines - Please read this.

    Our list is targeted at available resources that allow, for example, Californians to phone bank for close races in Ohio, Florida, Virginia, and other battleground states even when online phone banking is not provided by the campaigns. The new tool is remote/virtual phone banking.

    Many campaigns don't have online phone banking like you might have experienced in the past for the Obama-Biden Campaign, which is one click away to a script and list of voters. Please contact the following Democratic campaigns that use a variety of alternative resources including Facebook applications and dedicated software.  Volunteers can log on from inside or outside the state or Congressional District.  Some campaigns will email PDFs of names and numbers to interested political activists from all over the country. Read the directions carefully for each campaign.

    Let's work hard for the next few days and on to victory on November 6th!

    Call out the vote!  Sign up to call voters from home for bold progressives like Alan Grayson and Elizabeth Warren between now and election day.

    Click here to sign up!

    DFA's Dialer is set up for supporting progressive candidates from your home.

    Click onto tab "MAKE CALLS" on the top of page.  If registered at site, it will take you to phone banking page that has the script and list of names to call.  

    If not registered, it asks you to register.

    Sign up at the DCCC volunteer page to make calls from home.  Complete a short form with your email, first name, and other optional information (last name, city, zip, state, and phone) and then choose the checkbox by "Call voters from home."

    A DCCC staffer will make contact via email to explain the process and to register you.  Click this link for more details.

    • United States Senate

     - Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) - Register at her website with name, email address, and password.  After you register, you can make phone calls for her from out-of-state, similar to President Obama's phone banking set up.
     - Tim Kaine (D-VA) - Click this link to make phone calls.
     - Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) - Contact Lauren Peters at 202-997-6642 or and she will set you up for their online phone bank.

    • United States House of Representatives

    The Speaker's gavel belongs in Nancy Pelosi's hand.  Work hard to make it happen!

     - Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) - Only option for virtual phone banking is via the DCCC (if Sinema is targeted for their support).
     - Ami Bera (CA-07) - Call 916-670-1864 or sign up at this link.
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     - Al Lawson (FL-02) - Email and request a PDF with the names and phone numbers of people to call.
     - Alan Grayson (FL-09) - Click this link to do phone banking for the campaign.  It is called "Call for Grayson."
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     - Joe Garcia (FL-26) - Email Franco at to sign up to make calls starting now through the election and/or for a major DFA call session on Th. Nov. 1. (Spanish speakers are especially welcome)
     - Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) - Only option for virtual phone banking is via the DCCC. (if Duckworth is targeted for their support)
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     - Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) - Follow this link to sign up for calling from home.
     - Julian Schreibman (NY-19) - Call Erica at 845-765-9494.
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     - Kathy Boockvar (PA-08) - Call Brian at 267-544-9224; there is a coordinated GOTV dry run with OFA this weekend.
     - Eric Stewart (TN-04) - Call 931-548-6831; email; or go to this link.
     - Suzan DelBene (WA-01) - Email for joining the GOTV phone banking, with set days and times.
     - Rob Zerban (WI-01) - Go to this link and help defeat Paul Ryan twice!
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    Our GOTV Blogathon team members are Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, Onomastic, JekyllnHyde, boatsie, peregrine kate, ShoshannaD, rb137, and adviser Meteor Blades.

  •  I am in very blue Maryland (6+ / 0-)
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    jsamuel, deha, Terre, Plu, wasatch, jan4insight

    and we have a referendum on the ballot for marriage equality.  

    Another reason to vote is to make sure that the progressive positions on the ballot questions prevails.

    I am hoping that tomorrow Maryland will be the first state in the nation where the voters have approved gay marriage.  

  •  I vote to counter Rand Paul or M.McConnell nt (2+ / 0-)
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    jsamuel, night cat
  •  I am in CA--hardly a swing state--and while I (2+ / 0-)
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    jsamuel, jan4insight

    won't be at the polls at 7am, I will be there at 1pm. I need to vote in the pres, congressman, state and federal senators, assembly, a variety of propositions, school district board members and water district representation.

    It's all important. Every vote.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 09:29:47 PM PST

  •  Vote to hand Romney his posterior on a plate. (5+ / 0-)

    The shinier the plate, the better.

  •  I vote Dem in MA proudly and urgently (1+ / 0-)
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    because I know my fellow citizens in swing states struggle to be able to vote and have their vote counted.

    I also know that because of the storm the vote count in very populous very BLUE areas of NY and NJ may have a depressed vote count...polls are flooded. Because it's a blue state people may not make the extra effort to vote. Obama willl win overall percentage wise BUT

    he may loose tens of thousands or more votes that go to his total popular vote

    We need to make up for the storm lost votes in the other Blue states. Because we do NOT want to give the Reps the narrative that Obama lost the popular vote and is (even less) legitmate than they already say/think/tell people.

    Obama deserves to win EMPHATICALLY and Romney deserves to be Crushed.
    I vote with RELISH for Obama in my true blue state!

  •  If I knew I was the only Democratic Party Vote (1+ / 0-)
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    in the whole City,County an State I would still get my ass to the Voting Booth and Vote,an I live in SW Mo..

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