THANK YOU for voting. I hope you don't ever miss. What bugs me most is people who say they don't bother to vote because everything's screwed up anyway, etc. What kind of copout is that? As you can see by the posts here Americans have widely divergent views and strongly held opinions. I don't miss voting now, but at one time I quit voting, because:
I was teaching school in WA
, and the 1980 general election for president between Carter/Reagan was on the ballot. Polls were open until 8:00pm, I believe. I got home from school, ate, and was driving to the polling place, with still a couple hours before closing, when the radio news said the election was over, Reagan won, and the newscast even including concession remarks from Carter. We still had TWO HOURS to vote in WA
. I just turned the car around and went home, never voted. I was so upset at that!
There was somewhat of an outcry from the western states after that election; it created national attention for awhile, with a few congressmen trying to get polling hours changed to be uniform across the country, various proposals, etc, but nothing changed. While I'm ashamed of it now, I never voted again until I moved back to Ohio, when I registered again and now vote regularly.
Yes, I know intellectually that the votes count, and it isn't officially over until the actual votes that were cast are counted, and there were still other local issues on the ballot, but emotionally it was, "Why vote? The east has already decided for the rest of us."
I'm still a strong proponent of uniform voting hours across all states, like possibly a 24-hour period starting at the same instant all across the country...it'd be like 6am Eastern, 5am Central, 4am mountain, etc, and if the polls were open for 24 hours there'd be no excuse for anyone missing because of work, etc. You'd have a whole 24 hour period to vote.
At any rate, Jcs17, thank you for voting, and please continue to do so regularly.
Those who want to do something will find a way; those who don't will find an excuse.