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Saturday, 30 October 2010 00:00

Why Do You Vote?

It’s time.  Time to use one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal. A tool so potent that it can combat the injustices that permeate our society.  A tool so mighty that it has the ability to shape our state.  What tool? Your vote.

We are obliged to vote. We must be about the business of sustaining life, about championing the rights of all – not just a selected few. We are privileged people, privileged beyond the comprehension of most of the world. And with that privilege, comes opportunity; opportunity to bring about systemic change, opportunity to make a difference. Use your privilege honorably on Tuesday, vote!




Inspiration, sense of duty, civic responsibility – a multitude of motivations bring  citizens step into the voting booth. Friends and neighbors share their thoughts in today’s blog.


“I have never missed voting — and I’m 87.  It’s what citizenship means!”

Bethine Church


I’ll spare you the ‘one vote counts’ lecture, but first of all: I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t. With all that’s going on I have to. Then, I’m a child of the sixties. I saw how political protest and activism made a difference. If you don’t think you one vote counts then get involved — go out and make spread the influence of that one vote.

Jody Bickle


Each year, the stakes grow higher in Idaho’s elections. The world moves faster every day; national and global competition for jobs, intellectual and social capital, and a just and sustainable way of life is fierce. Some candidates prefer to distract the electorate with wedge issues and red herrings; others acknowledge the enormous challenges we face and propose to do something about them. Some candidates would just assume set the clock back to 1950; others look ahead, desiring to create a better future for us and our children. If you’ve given up all hope in humanity, you might choose to stay home and not vote. You could tell yourself it doesn’t matter, but you’d be wrong. If you believe, on the other hand, that people (ordinary, extraordinary, and everyone in between) can make a difference, you have no choice but to vote. It’s one of the best tools we have
for shaping a brighter future.

Representative Brian Cronin, D19-B

Su Voto es Su Voz.  Your vote is your voice.  Participate in the process, you have a right to voice your opinion through your vote.  Do not let pundits and pollsters tell you that your demographic is apathetic and will not turn out to vote.   Participate in our democracy, it is your right!

Natalie Camacho Mendoza


ThankGod for Cherie, Nicole and Brian and the enlightened folks in District 19!  On to Victory!  Be sure and vote. – Tony Park

On Election Day two years ago,  I took some recently-arrived teenage refugees to a polling station to show them how our system works. I introduced them to the volunteers who are trained to staff the station and to the poll watchers who can challenge the process; I pointed out how the booths give privacy so voters cannot be coerced and showed how the ballots are secured in a locked box and the name of the voter announced to prevent fraud.  As I described each step, I became increasingly emotional, until tears were flowing and my voice cracking. I was overcome by the stark contrast in our experiences:  the violence and intimidation their families had suffered from a ruthless monarchy and violent political factions compared to the orderly electoral process I’ve known, of how their parents have never had voting rights compared to my father who was proud to be a poll worker, at how they have never had citizenship in any country compared to my opportunity to serve in public office. This was a
powerful reminder that no  matter how despairing or cynical we may be about US politics, we have an obligation to vote as a minimal way to support the rights and privileges  we have that are denied the majority of people in the world.

Betsy Dunklin


I can’t wait to sport my ‘I voted’ sticker all day!

Amy Herzfeld


Because the Democrats keep calling me until I do!

Carol Growhoski

Loud and often sinister voices try to break into our collective and individual consciousness but in the silence of the voting booth what we have to
say is profound and unimpeachable.

Mike Silva

This is one of the most important elections I can recall. We have a dynamic slate of Democrats from the Governor’s Race to District 19′s legislative races. Our state is very seriously disadvantaged by such an imbalance in power with Republicans overwhelmingly filling elective posts… to the detriment of our schools, our environment, our economy. PLEASE encourage your neighbors to vote and support Democrats to regain some sanity in the process of governing our wonderful Idaho. The debate will improve good bills that haven’t seen the light of day will get
legislative consideration, and our lives will be improved. Thank you for your willingness to work for intelligent candidates and to believe Idaho’s future is worth all our efforts for change.

Gail Bray

This is a very important election and your vote is needed.  Democracy is a participative form of government, not a spectator form.  So get out there and vote—remember, it is about “We the people.”

Ann Pasely-Stuart


We make a real difference when we vote!  Get to your polls on Tuesday & join these Idaho residents who voted Absentee from College in recent weeks.  (If we could just get them to floss…)

Kay Hummel, mother of Wyatt and Charlie Fereday


This election will have an incredible impact on our future. My kids and parents deserve better than the future Butch Otter has handed them. I’m voting for a better future; I’m voting for Keith Allred, Cherie Buckner-Webb, Nicole LeFavour and Brian Cronin.

Colleen Fellows

Here is Ron Coulter’s favorite quote from Samuel Adams that answers this question:

“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual–or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country. ”

Samuel Adams, The
Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G.P. Putnam’s
Sons, 1907), Vol. IV, p. 256.

In Idaho this election is very much about ensuring Idahoremains a compassionate place, which cares about kids having a good education and not
facing crowded classrooms, overworked teachers getting by without the tools, books, and materials kids really need to succeed. Its about being fiscally wise and fully funding preventative programs that keep families and individuals from falling into crisis. It is about electing people who care and restore these values to the state.

Nicole LeFavour


Many women fought long and hard for the right to vote. They suffered through prison and torture. The least I can do is show up at the polls.

Cindy Gross, seen here as Thomas Jefferson
I vote because the minority needs to be heard. And I don’t mean “herded up” and carted off.
Spike Ericson


I vote because if I don’t I have no right to complain.
Lola Michaels

Only 46 years ago, my generation faced personal danger to win the right to vote in some parts of our own country.  Now it’s your turn to protect that right.  All you need to do is … vote!  Don’t take this important act of Democracy and freedom for granted.  Vote on Tuesday!

Yvonne McCoy

Voting is something I didn’t do until I got “older”, I could have been voting for years. I remember saying that I was not educated enough, I didn’t know enough about the issues and the candidates. What I didn’t know, was by not voting I was giving my power to someone else to make a choice for me. The power I had to affect change in my life and those I care about was freely given up. I believed the truth, that was in fact a lie; that my vote didn’t matter, that I was not of value as a young person, a poor person, as a HIV positive man, as a someone whowas not part of the social norm.
Duane Quintana
Yes, Virginia — there is a Santa Claus. As in that old essay the spirit of giving and harmony liveYes, Virginia — there is a Santa Claus. As in that old essay the spirit of giving and harmony lives in our hearts, so does democracy. Voting is a gift we give to ourselves, our future, our past, and to each other. Democracy only works when the spirit of giving infuses us all.s in our hearts, so does democracy. Voting is a gift we give to ourselves, our future, our past, and to each other. Democracy only works when the spirit of giving infuses us all. 


Vote, because I hope to help more progressive and forward thinking candidates get elected into office.  I vote for people who value environment, education, science, and exploration.  Whether it’s at the local or national level, I believe that those four things are key to our survival as human beings for future generations.  We can’t afford to regress into a mass society of intolerant people, a society where people choose to define being educated and well informed as elitism, a place where compromise and cooperation is a sign of weakness, or a place where limiting social rights and freedoms of a minority group or race is accepted.  If we do the right thing by voting and supporting progressive and forward thinking people, then overtime we as human beings have a real chance at ensuring we never destroy ourselves through ignorance and war.  This is the BIG reason why I vote (I do have more), and I hope that others keep these critical things in mind so that we can leave a better place behind for those who come after us.

Morgan Hill Jr.

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