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Does My Vote Really Matter?

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In a word, YES!

Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary defines democracy as follows:

Main Entry: de·moc·ra·cy

Pronunciation: \di-ˈmä-krə-sē\   Function: noun    Inflected Form(s): plural de·moc·ra·cies

Etymology: Middle French democratie, from Late Latin democratia, from Greek dēmokratia, from dēmos + -kratia -cracy

1 a : government by the people; especially : rule of the majority b : a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.

 

That’s us, right?  Sometimes, but 6 times out of 10, the answer is no.

The Presidential Primary on February 5th 2008 had higher voter participation than previous primaries; however it still demonstrates the lack of a majority.  The Bay Area was above average in terms of percentages for the state.

County             Eligible Voters        Actual Votes Cast           % of Eligible


Alameda             975,263                428,930                         43.98%
Contra Costa       691,629                318,224                         46.01%
Marin                  180,129                108,726                         60.36%
Napa                    90,558                  44,437                         49.07%
San Francisco       592,185                 269,212                        45.46%
San Mateo           474,415                 211,697                        44.62%
Santa Clara       1,101,684                 457,692                        41.54%
Solano                270,071                 108,973                        40.35%
Sonoma              330,131                 176,148                        53.36%

The days of having the best candidate or a good proposition for the people have been replaced.  Now, the political consultants of today focus candidates advertising dollars and volunteer efforts specifically to voters that show up consistently to the polls.  If the general public can be manipulated enough through misinformation, it then becomes possible to have a particular demographic show up to the polls in disproportionate numbers and throw an election.  It’s no longer about having the best candidate; it’s about having the best election team and the most money.

 

We need to take our democracy back.  The ONLY way that can be accomplished is by showing up to the polls.  Get everyone in your house and all your neighbors to register.  Shuttle everybody back and forth to the polling place throw a non-partisan party on Election Day. Most importantly, SHOW UP TO VOTE! 

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