Have you Registered?
Since I’m now pretty much settled into my new place, I finalized establishing myself as a resident of the State of Washington yesterday. What does that mean? I did three things:
1. Got a new Driver’s License
2. Switched my tags over for my car
3. Registered to vote
#3 is what I’m stressing here. We’ve talked about ensuring that you are registered early before, and I want to re-iterate that point again today. As the 7 Nov 2006 election draws near, please make sure that you are registered properly. You can do so by going to sites like this to get the ball rolling.
With all of the talk of past election/voter fraud & intimidation that has happened in past elections, we have a choice between two reactions:
1. Behave as if pre-emptively defeated, and not vote
This is the whole “They’re gonna cheat anyway, so I might as well not bother.” This is dangerous because it says that fear of election stealing in this case will lead to the paralysis of staying home on election day. I know in my heart that we face challenges everyday, including election day. Yet
many most of us are able to work through these challenges and do what we need to do for ourselves and our families. I submit to you that it is imperative to the well-being of you and your loved ones to vote your conscious and hold to account those who have misled you in the past. I do not subscribe to the notion that those who have the opportunity and ability to voice their support of dissent of anything and chose not to are credible as critics.
2. Vote, believing that when we act collectively we are unable to be defeated
Here’s a secret: it’s a whole hell of a lot harder to steal a landslide than it is to steal a close election. Why don’t we make these bastards take the election by having record turnout? At the end of the day, I want to feel like I tried, like I said my piece, like I gave it a shot. I don’t feel that there is anything wrong with that. I am confident that if our people commit to voting, commit to becoming active participants in causes that affect them, commit to holding accountable those who have misled, mistreated, or misguided them, then we will be well on our way to understanding why voting matters.
I’m going with option 2 above. If you disagree, tell me why.
One Love. One II.