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Voter Registration

Whomever you support, you should vote if you are eligible to do so.
The Obama campaign sent a URL that I found very helpful. It can get you registered, but even if you have registered, it allows you to check whether you are still properly registered.
I know that every year around this time, I wonder whether my registration is properly set. And tonight, there was a news report that many people have been dumped from the voting rolls.
So, here is the link. You can use it just as well no matter who you support, even if you are hyper-aware that it is an Obama sponsored site..

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13 Responses to “Voter Registration”

  1. ZacharyTF says:

    Thanks for the link, David. I put in my information and sure enough, I’m ready to go. I knew I was, but figured it wouldn’t hurt to check it.
    Am I the only one who thought it might be a joke site at first? 🙂

  2. mysteryperfecta says:

    In the interest of full disclosure, using that website signs you up to receive email from Obama’s camp. I didn’t see a way around it.

  3. storymark says:

    Thanks for posting that. I figured I was good to go, punched my info in, and my address and birthdate were both incorrect.

  4. LexG says:

    I can’t wait to NOT VOTE.
    I’m not wasting my time. But by all means, have fun participating in an impotent exercise that gives its adherants the illusion of some control, when in fact you might as well just stay home and watch wrestling. It’d be about as productive and have the exact same effect on the election results.

  5. jeffmcm says:

    Lex, why do you bother to stay alive? Are you just waiting for Twilight to be released?

  6. christian says:

    Well Lex, if McCain gets in and bombs Iran, your sad little myspace world will be mightily effected.

  7. Krazy Eyes says:

    If McCain wins and bombs Iran we’ll also be looking at a DRAFT since our military is already stretched too thin.
    Yeah, I’d say LexG’s world woud be turned upside down. Maybe they’ll amend the draft bill so that Christina Ricci can get drafted too and keep him company overseas.

  8. LexG says:

    I don’t disagree that that would be some BULLSHIT (though I’m nearly 36, for the record) — Fuck, I wanna stage a street corner protest every time I get fucking jury duty.
    What I AM saying is that as a CALIFORNIAN, I’m pretty shielded by the fact that the state is a DONE DEAL at least as far as the presidential election goes — ONE MORE VOTE against McCain isn’t going to make the difference, since Obama will win CA in a LANDSLIDE.
    Now, if ALL of you thought like I did and sat out, then we could worry, but since that won’t happen, my one-in-20 million vote being MIA won’t affect your hoped-for outcome.

  9. LexG says:

    And as for Christina Ricci serving alongside me?
    I’d like to give her a BACKDOOR DRAFT.

  10. jeffmcm says:

    You’re still wrong. (a) There are other things to vote on besides the Presidential race, like Prop 8 for example, and (b) the nationwide popular vote still matters. Remember that Bush won just over 50% in 2004 and in his mind, that meant he had won a stunning victory and had earned ‘political capital’.

  11. LexG says:

    I believe all marriage should be banned.
    At least marriage for people under 35.

  12. jeffmcm says:

    Start a petition.

  13. Krazy Eyes says:

    Damn Lex . . . I would have swore you were in the 16-18 range. You’re 36 and you’re interested in TWILIGHT? Makes the head spin.

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