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Wed Nov 5, 2014, 07:50 PM

Check this out -Jake Ward (Al Jazeera)has an amazing graphic on the number of people that DON'T Vote

If anyone knows how to do a screen shot, I'd love to see that map of the US posted in GD. (.50) Very enlightening!!

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Reply Check this out -Jake Ward (Al Jazeera)has an amazing graphic on the number of people that DON'T Vote (Original post)
jillan Nov 2014 OP
snappyturtle Nov 2014 #1
arcane1 Nov 2014 #4
ctsnowman Nov 2014 #2
yuiyoshida Nov 2014 #3
eppur_se_muova Nov 2014 #5
jillan Nov 2014 #6
A Simple Game Nov 2014 #7
YOHABLO Nov 2014 #8
Auggie Nov 2014 #9
swilton Nov 2014 #15
Spitfire of ATJ Nov 2014 #10
jillan Nov 2014 #11
Spitfire of ATJ Nov 2014 #12
iamthebandfanman Nov 2014 #13
swilton Nov 2014 #14
Amonester Nov 2014 #16
Enthusiast Nov 2014 #17
Enthusiast Nov 2014 #18

Response to jillan (Original post)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 07:55 PM

1. Call me nuts but I think the mid-terms are MORE important than the

general elections. I live in a especially heavy repub area. The polling place was BUSY....probably mostly repubs but I have to wonder how many Dems just didn't bother.

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Response to snappyturtle (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 08:07 PM

4. Same here. I hate the term "mid-terms" for that reason.

 

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Response to jillan (Original post)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 08:01 PM

2. Thanks for the post.

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Response to jillan (Original post)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 08:03 PM

3. Holy Crap that is just SAD.

People basically holding up their middle finger to this country saying.. I GOT BETTER THINGS TO DO THAN WASTE MY TIME AT THE VOTING BOOTH. Omg.. THOSE are the stupid people in this country. I vote, I always vote.. I tell my friends to vote. Many of them say, "yeah, yeah you always tell us that.. cause you are a political geek, a Otaku.." They don't think its worth their time, and there is the answer as to why Republicans get control of everything.

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Response to jillan (Original post)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 08:22 PM

5. Mid-terms are NOT mid-terms.

Representatives are elected every two years, so its an end-of-term for them. Senators every six (so one-third of the Senate is up for grabs in BOTH "mid-terms" and Presedential election years). ONLY the president is in the literal middle of his term, and either the House or Senate can change hands in each election. Why should that make a "mid-term" any more or any less important ?

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 08:25 PM

6. You made a great point. I take that back, you made an excellent point!

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Response to jillan (Original post)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 08:25 PM

7. It will only get worse as the Republicans suppress the vote.

We need online or mail in voting for everyone. No more lines at polling places unless that is what you want to do.

We need to worry about voter fraud? We can't even get people to vote once, why should we worry about people voting twice?

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Response to jillan (Original post)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 08:59 PM

8. How do we get the message to those 32% that make $30,000 or less that they have to vote?

 

When it comes down to paying people to vote .. the game is over. Democracy left a good while ago.

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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 09:14 PM

9. Mass marketing and a powerful message ... something Democrats have lacked for ages

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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 10:09 PM

15. Voter turn-out

 

is not the issue - it's having candidates that have policies that impact voters. If those percentages of non-voters all showed up at the polls and all they had to vote for was a bunch of pro-war, pro-corporate, pro-petroleum, pro-gun (the list goes on) Blue Dog Democrats, nothing would change. That's where we are and that's why people don't vote.

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Response to jillan (Original post)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 09:18 PM

10. Michael Moore said, "This isn't a 50/50 country..."

 

"....it's actually a 50/50/50 country because half of America doesn't vote."

With low turnout that means that this election was decided by less than 25% of the voting public.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #10)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 09:32 PM

11. It's pathetic! And to top it off we now have the Scotus working with tbag governors to keep more

people from voting.

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Response to jillan (Reply #11)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 09:50 PM

12. There are countries where it's mandatory.

 

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Response to jillan (Original post)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 09:56 PM

13. The party really needs to focus

on this issue and work hard to change it..

should be something we and our party work non-stop at until 2016 (and beyond)...


we need massive mobilization within our cities and rural areas to get to those who stand to benefit the most (the poor) from our policies and get them to understand that those policies are in grave danger unless they hit the streets and hit the voting booth.

the very foundation of our social safety net is in serious danger .. and we need to start acting like it. we don't have to use scare tactics, because the reality of it all is way more frightening than any dark advertising adventure we could ever embark on.

why we don't have an election day that's considered a national holiday is beyond me.. and its something we need to also be fighting for.


we have always been the party of the REAL silent majority.. and its more than past time that they started being heard.

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Response to jillan (Original post)

Wed Nov 5, 2014, 09:58 PM

14. Candidate policies do not necessarily correlate to non-voter issues

 

I don't disagree with his numbers on the voting/non-voting participation in this country. Nor do I disagree with the numbers on the percentages of Republican leaning and Democrat leaning members of the non-voting population. But those figures are mutually exclusive from the impact candidates have on daily lives of non-voters.

There is no evidence that correlates the impact on policies that the non-voting population would/should have if they voted....This impact would only be felt if the leadership/candidates represented polices that would have an impact on the non-voting population.

According to this recent interviews on TRNN, Dr. Jared Ball, Morgan State University, candidates being offered to the voters do not represent policies that have a distinguishable impact on their daily lives.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12608

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Response to jillan (Original post)

Thu Nov 6, 2014, 12:22 AM

16. ALL SCREEN SHOTS IN 1 PIC HERE



Sorry for the low definition, it's the best I could do. Depressing, isn't it?

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Response to Amonester (Reply #16)

Thu Nov 6, 2014, 03:33 PM

17. Thank you. It is depressing.

Voting and registering should be made as simple as possible. It is clear why Republicans do not want easy voting.

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Response to jillan (Original post)

Thu Nov 6, 2014, 03:34 PM

18. Al Jazeera, the superior news network.

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