Sunday, October 12, 2014

Not ready to vote yet? Put aside an hour, create a plan and defy the odds makers ~ who are betting you won't...

It's like living in the Twilight Zone, I know, but the truth is a certain segment of the population, that shall remain nameless, never really stops fighting to keep the progressive middle-class-on-down from voting ~ it's a truth we have to not only recognize but we also have to continue to defy.

Frankly, the partisan Democrat in me wants to see a totally unexpected Democratic wave on November 4th that does just that -- defies the *&%^$#!s...

Having said that, I am going to step back from my natural instinct and share a few of my favorite non-partisan voter resources with you and ask you, if you have not done so already, to put an hour or so aside to explore your voting logistics and options and mark the day on your calendar and get it done because a win by a progressive middle-class-on-down is something that might send "them" back under the rocks from where they typically come ~ for a bit, at any rate.

Further. Share it with a friend who has access to the Internet. Or. Print out the relevant information and share it with a friend who doesn't have access to the Internet. Or. If you would like to get more bang for your buck, print out several copies of the relevant information and drop them off at your dentist and doctor's office, as well as at your hairdresser's shop. Nonchalant placement on magazine tables works.

It takes all kinds of people and all kinds of tactics to win and there is a role to play for everyone.

 As promised, a favorite voter resource: The U.S.Vote Foundation (US Vote)

 dedicated to bringing best-in-class voter services to millions of American voters, develop and provide online tools to assist US citizens living anywhere in the world to register to vote and request their absentee ballot using their state’s specific voter forms.

 This includes US citizens living within the US, living abroad or serving in the military. The comprehensive range of services offered by US Vote helps voters navigate today's complicated landscape of US voting regulations.

They are poised to respond to the growing need for alternatives to polling place voting. Many voters need easier access to absentee voting, including students, travellers, elderly persons, overseas citizens, uniformed service members and their families, disabled and homebound people, those who work long hours or double shifts, people who travel for work, and parents without childcare...
US Vote's service produces the complete state-specific forms, which often require substantially more information than the National Voter Registration Form... 
Where other services provide only state office addresses, US Vote integrates with its Election Official Directory (EOD) database to provide voters with complete contact details and mailing addresses for their local election office where they will be able to send their forms and access the best direct service...
I am particularly fond of the My Voter Account where you can access your voter information, as well as information about your elected officials!
Check out the 3 minute or so video on the Voter Account, it demonstrates some of what this resource offers you and how user friendly they've made it for you: 

I'm also very fond of long time voter resource: The League of Women Voters

  a citizens’ organization that has fought since 1920 to improve government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives, operating at national, state and local levels through more than 800 state and local Leagues, in all 50 states as well in DC, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong.

Formed from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the centerpiece of the League’s efforts remain to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans... at all three levels of government, engaging in both broad educational efforts as well as advocacy. ...Issues are grounded in our respected history of making democracy work for all citizens.

And: Rock The Vote , well, Rock The Vote ~ Rocks

  as the largest non-profit and non-partisan organization in the United States driving the youth vote to the polls. Fusing pop culture, politics, and technology, Rock the Vote works to mobilize the millennial voting bloc and the youth vote, protect voting rights, and advocate for an electoral process and voting system that works for the 21st century electorate.

Finally, I'd like to share with you the link to a Facebook page I am affiliated with that is dedicated to supporting President Obama's Agenda and giving him a Congress he can work with at the end of the day November 4th, 2014, where, if you are of the Democratic persuasion, you will find information of interest leading up to the election!:

Let me leave you with a great meme to assist you in your planning:


( * A shout out to Slate for the 2014 voters waiting in line photograph:    

(** There was no attribution on the other two photos I picked up to create the tri-meme and there is never an intention to not give credit, so if anyone has the information, share and I will immediately credit!)