Voters, You Know You Can Vote, Right?

This is either a chart showing voter turnout rates,  or it’s a chart of my heart rate after I saw the lackluster participation in my most recent attempt at polling. Either way, it’s confusing so it must be an accurate chart.

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Don’t worry, this isn’t another one of those annoying informative Public Information Pains Campaigns about voter apathy or your civic duty to vote unless you are:

  1. in prison for something you did or didn’t do.
  2. 17 or younger but still know everything.
  3. not a citizen even if you can speak better English than your (wink, wink) “friend” who pays you to do crap jobs.

There are enough totally legitimate sources of information like, um, er, ah… Well, Start with Google. You can’t go wrong if you start with Google. If you end with Google, you could go wrong, though.

I’ll say this one more time. Blogs are not acceptable academic resources for your term papers on voting behavior. Yes, I know some of them have polls, but they are not scientific. Trust me.

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These “real” sources should guilt convince guilt you into voting in the upcoming elections. Yes. There are elections coming up in a state and country near you. Maybe even if you’re not in America, but definitely if you’re in America. Even if you live in a state other than Ohio.

But I’m not talking about voting in THE elections, people. It’s me, here. I don’t “do” controversial political serious. I “do” important things like ask questions that bloggers don’t care dare to ask.

Why don’t you vote when I any blogger takes the time and effort to create a poll?

Don’t deny it. Don’t tell me that you vote “every once in a while.” That doesn’t cut the ballot-casting mustard, Excusie-Pants. If I any blogger creates a poll, the least you could do is pick an option and click. If you’re like most voters deciding on propositions, you don’t read the whole thing anyway. You read a couple of lines, get the gist of it and vote. Give me us the same courtesy, would you?

Sheesh! I just cleared my inbox. And look at all these new posts. Don’t these bloggers have a life? I do. I have naps to take, humans to ignore, kitty litter to spread around the house. The list is endless–just like these new blog posts. And some of them even want me to vote on shizzle cracker polls. I scratch polls people. I don’t take them.

Why am I so adamant about this topic? Glad I asked.

I recently posted about getting propositioned for cyber sex by a creepster on Goodreads, who was booted off Goodreads, by the way. I asked in that post what I should do. I got about 120 hits on that post. 18 people “liked” it. About 20 people commented.

But only 8 people voted on what I should do.

I don’t have the volition energy to compare the “likes” with the “comments” to calculate a precise figure, so an estimate will have to do, which seems fine for most people anyway.

I calculated my voter turnout. Don’t worry about the math; I don’t have the energy need to explain it.  28.6%. Yup, that’s lower than the voter turnout in the Ivory Coast (where piracy is a booming business).

Not bad for a pirate, but do you think most pirates have such a fine disposition and superior dental health?

What really hurts is that I said my writing future depended on your vote.

What am I to make of this?

So, you realize you can vote, right?

Myrtle votes very chance she can just for the thrill it gives her to come out of her shell and make her voice heard. Don’t you want some of what Myrtle’s feeling?

You can vote here AND, once you get the hang of it, try it on Tuesday November 6 if you are in America and eligible to vote. If not, I just may put up another poll that day so you won’t feel left out of the excitement or if you don’t live in Ohio.

~ by Lorna's Voice on October 22, 2012.

21 Responses to “Voters, You Know You Can Vote, Right?”

  1. Thanks!

  2. Excellent!!!

  3. Good for you, Casey! Regarding my poll, since we’re in LornaLand where everyone is honest and wonderful, even if you voted more than once, everything would would be fine. In my world, everything always turns out fine. And the borders are always open to LornaLand! 🙂

  4. I’ve already voted and I’m not in Ohio. I even watched all the debates and read the analysis afterward. Just to keep myself honest, I’ve voted in yours also–but only once. No voter fraud allowed, correct?

  5. Gee, thanks! I’ll keep you posted. 🙂

  6. Oh yes let me know when I must begin…

  7. Can I hire you as my campaign manager? I’m not currently running for anything, so the job will be very easy. 🙂

  8. 11 votes… I can’t believe it… and my vote seems to be with the majority… got one right for a change… love all the comments on the post… come on people take this seriously… Lorna is in need of our help here….

  9. OK I’ll feel honoured then that you appreciated my time spent… now I’ll have to return to see how many others voted and if they voted with me or not…

  10. I feel terribly honored that you took so much time with the poll. I think you took more time with it than I did creating it! You are a thoughtful man, indeed. And any time spent pondering me or my future just can’t be wasted. It just can’t be! 🙂

  11. Interesting. I have a premium account, so my poll is protected. Who would want to use my polls anyway? They are so goofy! Thanks for the info Val! 🙂

  12. I think I set this one up so you could pick multiple options. Next time I’ll let you vote more than once. We’re talking Ivory Coast democracy anyway… 😉

    And I do the same thing–I wonder if I go along with the “crowd” (and hey, we’re not talking about a lot of people here) or if I think differently. I don’t know which I feel better about. Hmmm…

  13. Yes, voting is a weighty responsibility. That’s why I vote early and often! 😉 Thanks for taking my silly polls seriously–which is kind of silly, but that’s what makes me me! 😉

  14. Yes, Chads, and Brads, and all those preppy guys have a way of distracting me. But YOU, Al? 😉

  15. Well, I didn’t mean for you to take blog voting THAT seriously, Suzanne! But thanks for the effort! 🙂

  16. This will tell you how seriously I take your polls..I am sitting in the dark beside my daughter who has spent the night in agony from too much fun with food while on vacation with Mom…it is 4:20 a.m. and I have cast my ballot…so if your future depends on us….I’m in there pushing buttons kiddo 🙂

  17. Didn’t you get my vote on that other blog? Those damn hanging chads again!

  18. I think it was the very fact that you said your writng future depended on it that made people afraid to vote – too much responsibility for most people. I, on the other hand, am not afraid of such responsibility and that is why I was one of the 8 that voted. And I voted this time. You’re welcome.

  19. Why is it whenever I vote, that I immediately look at the results to see if my vote is the most favored? I might have to choose the “other” option just to see how it affects my psyche. And what kind of poll is this anyway. I mean, why can’t I vote more than once? 😛

  20. I used to create (the questions for) and post lots of polls in one of my first blogs, but I rarely take part in any anymore as these days I hate them. Some love ’em, some don’t love ’em, and I’m in the latter category.

    And the polls used by WordPress are Polldaddy which, unless you buy a premium account with them, your results and the polls themselves are used anywhere, not just one wordpress.

    As far as I know, this is still accurate (though I may be wrong):

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-9888464-2.html

    All that aside… I voted on this one, for you, lol! 😉

  21. Why is it when I sit here for a half hour trying to make up my mind what I must tick on a poll .. I discover that I’m the first to vote… now I feel a real idiot as I could have looked and chosen what the popular majority had voted…
    I get the feeling that is what the majority might do in the elections in the USA this year…
    I love polls as statistics fascinate me… I think you should have added a line stating…”I take Lorna so seriously that I spend a half hour deciding what to vote, as I worry terribly about her future.”
    So for your stats… I “Liked” .. I commented and I voted… even though I have spent a half hour of precious time I could have been sitting on the patio with a cup of tea and a cigarette…

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