Thursday, October 14, 2010

It's time to vote

Posted By on Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 12:44 PM

And, you know what I always say: Don't vote, don't bitch.

While I'm on the subject of bitching: I'm sick and tired of people, mainly politicians and the media, predicting elections. Doing so scares some people away from the polls and bores others out of the political arena altogether. It's the voters who decide who wins and loses, not political machines, money or the media.

Speaking of voting, today is the first day you can vote in this election. Find out which early voting station is closest to you and when it's open from the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections.

Not sure who's running in your district? Lemme help: You can create a sample ballot for yourself here. All you have to do is enter your address. Once you do that, research your candidates. Don't, I repeat, DO NOT go to the voting booth and just start pushing buttons. And, for chrissake, don't just vote for people because of their party affiliation. There are kooky choices on both sides of the aisle. Instead, take some time to inform your choices. You're voting to hire the people who make the rules, so choose wisely.

Never voted before? No problem. It's easy and, these days, it's quick. And, between now and Oct. 30 you can register to vote and vote at the same time.

Voting is critical for citizens in a Democracy. Don't waste your chance to raise your voice. Also, don't listen to the pundits and their predictions. And, don't let anyone and their nay saying keep you from the polls.

Now ... GO VOTE!

Though it was created for the last presidential election, not the current midterm election (really, midterm elections never get the love and attention they deserve), the "Don't Vote" video series is actually a great reminder of why you should vote and why you should encourage others to do the same. Check it out:

Rhiannon "Rhi" Bowman is an independent journalist who contributes snarky commentary on Creative Loafing's CLog blog four days a week in addition to writing for several other local media organizations. Additionally, she's on the steering committee for the Greater Charlotte Society of Professional Journalists. To learn more, click the links or follow Rhi on Twitter.

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