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Obama sinks or swims on new voters - Phil's Rambling Rants
August 30th, 2008
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Obama sinks or swims on new voters

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From:wouldyoueva
Date:August 30th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if they're apathetic as much as they haven't been given a good reason to invest their time. And in some states, why bother when your vote can be stolen?

One thing I hear from a lot of non-voters is that the process of researching a candidate is time-consuming, and they'd rather not bother. I'm perplexed by this--I think I spend more time putting on mascara than researching a candidate, and that hasn't put me off mascara.

I never know what to tell them. Actually: her. I hear this far more from women, particularly single women than men. I don't want to tell them to blindly mark a ballot, but I think that's a better idea than staying home. (At least a blind mark would be a vote for my side half the time.)
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From:blur01
Date:August 30th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
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But putting on mascara has some immediate return to you. You put it on, you look in the mirror, you feel "pretty" or "prepared". You go into a box, you mark a square and when you come out...you feel accomplished. You go home and find that nothing at all changed even if your vote along with everyone else's sends a solid signal that we all want change...nothing happens. Quite disheartening for an entire people who may well be in jobs where taking the time off to go and vote isnt really a "right" that can be enforced.
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