Taking ownership

Posted by Ted on Oct 31, 2008 in Politics

Tomorrow and possibly Sunday, I will be going up to NH to participate in a Get Out The Vote initiative for Barack Obama.

I’ve never canvassed or done anything beyond donating for any political endeavor before, and I’ve been wavering thusfar on whether to get more involved. It’s now down to the wire, and while I feel hopeful, and even fairly confident, that Obama will win, I want to do more. Despite the fact that they voted for Kerry in 2004, NH is still considered a swing state having voted Republican more often than not over the last 150 years.

I have no idea what it will be like, or whom I will meet, but I firmly believe that this election is important. While I don’t understand those 43% who back McCain/Palin, I will encourage everyone to get out and vote, no matter whom they support.

I want to be able to look back and remember this time, and feel that I had a hand, albeit a very small one, in making history, and taking ownership of my government. The United States is one of only 25 functioning democracies in the world, and I think that we often take that for granted. 121 million people voted in the 2004 election, out of a voting population of about 228 million, or 53%. This election is shaping up to break records, and I want to help make that happen. I will be canvassing tomorrow, and filing an absentee ballot on my birthday on Monday.

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6 Comments

chhotii
Nov 1, 2008 at 11:39 am

Yay! Good for you!


 
lionsburg
Nov 1, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Huh, I thought we had moved from being a swing state to definitely voting for Obama a few weeks ago.

Regardless, awesome!

Let us know how many times you said Obama during the day..


 
Ted
Nov 2, 2008 at 12:39 am

I think the answer is “more likely than not, but by no means a lock.” They need help, too. If there’s any time you have to spare between now and Wednesday, they need everything from people to make phone calls, to canvassing, to holding up signs, to bringing the local office food to feed volunteers, and I’m sure NH State welcomes help at the polling booths.


 
weegoddess
Nov 3, 2008 at 12:47 pm

It’s Monday!

:points at the calendar and nods::


 
Ted
Nov 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Re: It’s Monday!

:)

I’ve actually decided to try to make voting tomorrow with the masses work with my flight schedule. I want to be a part of election day!


 
doctordidj
Nov 3, 2008 at 11:29 pm

I’m proud of you.


 

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