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Whiny Wednesday: Speak Up! November 10, 2010

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It’s Whiny Wednesday and regular contributor Kathleen Guthrie offered this thought to get us all in the griping mood:

According to an online report, only 37% of registered voters in my county voted in the recent election. That means 63% couldn’t be bothered. Sixty-three percent. Don’t get me started on the citizens who haven’t registered. It makes me want to slap someone.

I know it’s a pain. My fiancé and I spent three hours reading through candidates’ statements, reviewing endorsements, trying to make sense of which propositions did what and which propositions canceled out others; we debated the merits of each item on the ballot, and occasionally agreed to disagree. It was a mind-numbing, headache-inducing, frequently discouraging experience. But we did it, because it’s important, and we rushed through our Tuesday morning routine so we could cast our ballots before the anticipated rush to the polls.

Now that the results are in, I’m hearing a lot of whining about the outcome. And a lot of the people who are doing the whining are the ones who couldn’t even manage to send in an absentee ballot.

To the 63% I say, You have given up the right to speak, write, blog, protest, or scream any opinion about any aspect of our government until you do your part and vote. Got a problem with that? Then address it by using your voice—and your vote—in the next election cycle.

Kathleen Guthrie is a Northern California–based freelance writer. Her articles have appeared in AAA’s Westways, GRIT, Real Simple, and 805 Living magazines. Read “How to Be the World’s Best Aunt Ever” on

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2 Responses to “Whiny Wednesday: Speak Up!”

  1. Kathryn Says:

    That one vote counts for so little!

    My hubby got 2 votes for 3 different offices, one from each of us. As a matter of principle, i wasn’t willing to vote for either a D or a R on this election, so i wrote him in for those offices. He thought that cool & did, too.

    I’m so tired of folks voting for a D or a R without looking at the candidates & what they have to offer. We had other good folks running. After the ugly campaign run here in CA, especially for governor & the senate, it is beyond me why folks stick to the D/R way to vote rather than really looking at candidates. Twenty years ago, maybe, but now? There really is no excuse with the internet available to look at options.

    I’m really tired of it all, but i will keep voting, even tho it feels as tho it makes no difference at all.

  2. Colleen Says:

    I totally agree with you. It really irked me too…..especially from some new parents I know. I just thought “jeez, I am going to go vote for a better future for your kid”

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