The Importance of Voting: VOTE! Don't Give Up The Privilege That So Many Have Fought For; a Privilege That Makes Your Voice Heard in Government. The 14th amendment gives all persons with U.S. citizenship rights and privileges, including the right to vote. The 15th amendment declared that no citizen is to be denied the right to vote based on race or color. The 19th amendment gave women the right to vote. The 24th amendment declared that there would be no poll tax, and the 26th amendment declared that citizens 18 or older are given the right to vote. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibited denying a citizen the right to vote based discriminatory practices. From 1868 to 1971, Americans have been fighting to make the right to vote a reality for the people of today regardless of race, gender or education.
Why is voting important? Voting is important because even though it is not a requirement, it is considered a civic responsibility. The people of the United States have a responsibility to make their voices heard. A higher voter turnout makes the democracy more representative. If only the same few people continue to vote, their opinions will be the only ones resulting in legislative change. A small group would be the sole voices making decisions that affect all.
The presidential election is not the only time to vote. Local elections decide on the issues that can most directly affect you. Smaller elections like city mayor or even school board members can have significant implications. A vote for any of these offices has the potential to make an opinion heard, even if the office is not as grand as the office of the presidency.
Why is voting important? Because Americans centuries ago fought against a monarchy to give the people of today's America the opportunity to choose their own leaders instead of a king. The founding fathers believed in the importance of a government for the people and by the people. If the people do not vote, the country will be reduced to a government neither for the people nor by the people.
Don't Be Ignorant:
"If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed." - Thomas Jefferson
They're the sort of scores that drive high-school history teachers to drink. When asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to take America's official citizenship test, 29 percent couldn't name the vice president. Seventy-three percent couldn't correctly say why we fought the Cold War. Forty-four percent were unable to define the Bill of Rights. And 6 percent couldn't even circle Independence Day on a calendar. Americans do not know much about the world around them. People try harder to impress those around them than to be happy with themselves. When someone who is perceived to be a leader of sorts claims that something is cool or worth paying attention to, the masses accept it as gospel.
So many of us are civically ignorant or indifferent. We really don't know politics, we really don't study the issues and so many of us fail to participate in the political process no matter an opportunity. We depend upon others and we delegate the critical things about our country to them. In a gullible and apathetic way, we elect our politicians, our leaders, and we give them all the authority of the elected position and all they can take in addition, so that we can go about our lives, live the good life and enjoy the astounding benefits which America offers.
Small wonder General Secretary Nikita Khrushchev is claimed to have stated: "YOU AMERICANS ARE SO GULLIBLE!" . . . and apathetic, and indifferent, and ignorant, politically, especially of our beloved Constitution and the freedoms it bestows. Khrushchev knew how fragile Our Republic was and, unless it was fully protected by staunch patriots day and night, it could certainly be taken away by revolution but as easily by evolution, the evolving of gullibility and apathy.
How Ignorant Are Americans?
Real Story Which Shows How Ignorant People Are
How Not to be Ignorant About the World
Become a Legal, Informed, Educated Voter: In our fast-paced society where our time is split in so many directions and information is thrown at us at head-spinning speeds, it's convenient to vote for familiar names on a ballot. This is one of many reasons why the incumbent has the 'incumbency advantage' over new candidates. The responsibility of voting is more than just the act of voting; it's being educated on the candidates and current issues through your independent research to make informed decisions. Being spoon-fed by biased press and social media is a thing of the past.
Get State Voter Guides, Sample ballots and State voting rules
Absentee and Early Voting (be very cautious of Voting Fraud - see below)
Find Your Legislators in Your State, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate
Learn how to research political candidates: [Article 1] [Article 2] [Federal Election Commission]
Understand and Track Proposed Legislation in Congress
Keep politicians under constant scrutiny and communicate your interests and positions to your legislators. Never assume they know what's best for you; they don't.
Track the votes of Members of Congress on key issues. Are they doing what you want or what they want?
Get Involved in Election Integrity Reform to Change Election Laws at the STATE Level - Here's How:
Contact members of the State election committees to voice your opinions
Become a political candidate or support political candidates that share your political opinions
State Attorneys and County Sheriff positions are very important as the State law enforcers.
Use the BALLOTPEDIA web site to obtain information on politicians, bills and government issues.
Get Involved with help from Scott Presler Scott Presler Web Site [Video]
Do Not Re-Elect Politicians
Censure and/or Recall and/or impeach (for illegal acts) and/or call for the resignation of politicians who have failed to do the will of The People.
Support Term Limits on ALL Politicians
Other steps you can take to Make America Great
P.S.: People can blog and post and bitch and moan and yammer all day long. Talk is not only cheap, it runs rampent and is largely ignored. But until they run for office, communicate with their politicians, volunteer at the polling places, get rid of the do-nothing, old-fart, retread, corrupt politicians, personally "work" to make real changes, NOTHING will ever change and the tyranny of governments will destroy this country from within. So, turn off the TV, quit texting your BFFs about every little detail of your unremarkable life, get off the couch and start taking some actions from the list above to make a real impact in this country and your life.
Reduce Voting Fraud - Get Your Vote Counted: VOTE IN PERSON - DON'T VOTE BY MAIL! - DON'T GIVE YOUR BALLOT TO OTHERS
Voting By Mail, in and of itself, is not a bad voting method IF you, a legal registered voter, request an "adsentee ballot" and you have been confirmed as a legitimate, legal voter by the local Voting Board. With a constant moving target of deaths, changes-of-address, name-changes, local Voting Board voter lists are inaccurate. So, when local governments blanket-mail-out unsoliticed ballots they will send ballots to people who are no longer a legal voter, a ballot that can be filed illegally. Giving your ballot to someone else to "deliver it for you" is full of potential for voting mistakes and fraud activities that can change the outcome of your vote or prevent your vote from being counted. Unless you are physically unable vote in person at the poll, you are encourgaged go to your voting location to vote. But, whatever you do, VOTE!
If you actually care about truth in any U.S. election, then questions/allegations of voting fraud should concern you and you should demand changes to make all elections honest and legal. If you are only concerned that YOUR candidate "won" or "lost"; that you don't really care about the legality or integrity of the vote, your integrity and morality should be questioned. It's morally deficient citizens that will take this country down to socialism. Morally strong U.S. citizens that will Keep This Country a Great Republic.
Voting Fraud Tactics
Mail-In Ballot Test Proves some Ballots Won't get Delivered
Why Cheaters Win:
Reducing Voting Fraud can be improved by understand why cheaters cheat and win. Personally, I feel that cheaters win because most people believe that most people are good so they don't even consider that someone may be cheating. That couldn't be further from the truth. Man is born with a sin nature. So, until people actually believe that all people are sinners, the cheaters will take advantage of the naive. Additionally, the longer cheaters cheat, the better they become at cheating. The following excerpt may provide additional insight:
In any social system, there are three main reasons why cheaters win. First, mechanisms for detecting and punishing cheaters are often weak or gameable. Few checks exist to prevent scientists from manipulating data, and some athletes consistently outfox drug testing regimes. Second, although cheaters can harm the honest and cause long-term social decline, cheating can also be extremely beneficial, for both cheaters and those who support them. Major League Baseball began profiting greatly in the late 1990s from an unprecedented explosion of power-hitting, and was thus incentivized to delay confronting the fact that the explosion was fuelled by steroids. Third, trying to catch cheaters is often costly, unrewarding and risky. Most people would rather be trying to succeed in their own jobs, instead of spending energy policing colleagues. Evidence of fraud can be hard to obtain, and flimsily-backed accusations can damage the accuser’s reputation. And cheaters have a great interest in defending themselves, so if you’re going to go after them, brace yourself for a counterattack.
But there’s an even more fundamental reason, one that’s more subtle than the three just discussed, for why cheating prevails: it is inherently and uniquely empowering to individuals, and therefore uniquely corrupting to organizations. People cheat in the first place only because they believe it will afford a more efficient and certain path to success than they would obtain by playing fair, and they’re often right. Cheating can be marvellously advantageous, and once cheaters gain a foothold, they can quickly take over an organization, rising to prominence and dominance just as Armstrong did in cycling. And when cheaters gain more power, the reasons described above for why cheaters win become of greater concern. More powerful cheaters are more threatening to would-be whistleblowers, and better able to discourage the creation of effective sanctioning systems (lest they be caught themselves); and because their high status allows them to benefit colleagues so much, their colleagues gain strong incentives to support their regime.
Reference: Why Cheaters Win
COMMUNICATE YOUR INTERESTS AND POSITIONS TO YOUR LEGISLATORS:
Keep politicians under constant scrutiny. Never assume they know what's best for you; they don't. They are servants of the people, not your masters. Keep their office telephone numbers and Email addresses at the ready to tell them why you feel the way you do about a bill or law, what you expect of them to take action and how you want them to vote on a bill. And, when they don't do as you ask, vote them out of office and support term limits. Don't let them continue with their own agendas.
Politicians are public servants; employees of "The People", not celebrities, royalty or nobility. When they are treated as being anything other than public servants, their egos become inflated, their focus turns inward (selfishness) and their effectiveness to their constituents diminishes. This is why Term Limits is so important; to reduce the potential for corruption and to get politicians back into the workforce because, as a politician, they aren't actually creating any value or wealth to the community. What they really need is to get back to a real job. So, help them Out [of office]; Vote Them Out next election.
ELECTORAL COLLEGE EXPLAINED:
This is, probably, the most confusing aspect of a presidential election but one of the most important. The framers of the Constitution created the Electoral College system to, theoretically, prevent presidential candidates from ignoring the needs of less populous states in favor of highly-populated ones. In essence, it gives smaller-population states a "fighting chance" to have an affect on electing the president and reduce the chance of a Majority (Mob) Rule takeover situation; a similar concept that applies in the House of Representatives in Congress. Just as the number of [House of] Representatives (435) is based on the population of a state, a similar concept is used for the Electoral College plus the number of Senators (100) plus three (3) Electors for the city of Washington, D.C. for a current total of 538; the same number of Electors in the Electoral College. 270 Electoral [College] Votes breaks a tie (269 to 269) and decides who becomes the President. Maybe these videos will help explain better:
[Video 1] [Video 2] [Video 3] [Video 4]
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