How many are registered to VOTE??

  1. I'm very interested in knowing who is a registered voter, and will be using their right, and obligation to vote in the next election??
  2. Poll: How many are registered Voters??

    • Yes I'm registered to VOTE

      86.49% 32
    • Not yet, but I will be

      8.11% 3
    • Not old enough

      0% 0
    • No I don't believe it's counts

      5.41% 2
    37 Votes
  3. 36 Comments

  4. by   VivaLasViejas
    Been a registered Democrat since I was 18. Next year, I'll be voting A.B.B. (Anybody But Bush). Too bad it's coming to that!
  5. by   Brownms46
    DANG mj that just crakcs me up! A. B. B. I mean that is really sad...but it just cracks me up. Must be about time for me to go to bed...:chuckle
  6. by   Ted
    I've been voting since I was 18 years old. I'm Democrat, but I've crossed party lines. . . especially for local voting.

    Interestingly, I've been to four Republican Party functions (the local Young Republicans) and one Conservative Party function. Never been to any Democratic Party function. Understand that my wife and I used to have a cabaret group called "The Act". The local Young Republicans (or whatever they were called) used to hire us as their entertainment. There were three of us. All of use were registered democrats at the time. . . but we never let on!
    :chuckle Used to bust on and roast the local yokals who were running for public office during these parties. All in good fun, of course! And everyone all did have fun! Heck!! We must have done something good and entertaining! "The Act" was invited back for 4 times!

    The reason we attended a local conservative party function was because of an invite by a republican friend of ours. It was free dinner!

    Manytimes I chuckle to myself when members of this board call me "liberal"! Honestly, I'm active to no party. . . and have only gone to republican or conservative party functions!

    But I am a registered Democrat. . . and I really wish there were more strong parties to choose from. I truly believe that lack of political party choice is a weakness for our country.

    Don't think I need to tell you who I'm NOT voting for in the 2004 Presidential elections, though.

    Last edit by Ted on Aug 7, '03
  7. by   VivaLasViejas
    THAT'S a big ten-four .
  8. by   live4today
    OOPS! I clicked the wrong choice. I clicked not yet but will be when I am already registered. I forgot that when I came to this state and got my drivers license here, I was automatically entered as one registered to least I think I was? Gotta check on that for sure because I intend to cast my personal choice next voting season.
  9. by   gwenith
    I won't mess up your poll on voting by voting as I am an outlander but I just wanted to let you know that down here voting is mandatory. I mean to register and to vote. You get a nasty big fine if you don't. Although we can join a political party we are not "registered" to that party. An awful lot of Aussies are "swinging" voters. and will vote for a different parties in local, state and federal elections.

    This is only an impression but I think that having everyone vote means that they can concentrate on the issues and not on trying to convince people to actually go and do something they might not want to. Dunno - just seems less "hype and hoopla" in our elections but that could be a cultural thing.
  10. by   live4today
    Originally posted by gwenith
    I won't mess up your poll on voting by voting as I am an outlander but I just wanted to let you know that down here voting is mandatory. I mean to register and to vote. You get a nasty big fine if you don't.
    THAT's something to think about for our country, gwenith. I would vote for voting being mandatory here. EVERYONE needs to cast their vote whether we like the parties or not...certainly we should vote for the lesser of the two evils for office ourselves. Now that's a thought worth pursuing! The FIRST nurse in office!
  11. by   Brownms46
    Cheerful you would definitely get my vote before Bush:kiss! Because I totally believe in the A. B. B. choice.:chuckle

    gwenith, I think that is one of the best idea I have ever read! Mandatory...but how does that work?? I mean is is truly mandatory for everyone?? Are there any restrictions???
  12. by   Nurse Ratched
    I wouldn't DREAM of not voting. I typically get out at 6am on election days (primaries and general - amazing how many people don't vote in the primaries where things really matter) to make sure I get there in case my day goes haywire.

    It's absolutely shameful how few people in our country accept their responsibility as citizens to participate in the selection of our leaders.
  13. by   PennyLane
    Of course! Been registered and voting since I was 18. You can count me in the ABB club, too.
  14. by   gwenith
    Yes ir is mandatory for anyone between the ages of 18 and 80 ( I am not sure about the last but I think there might be an age cut off for the elderly as fewer elderly can get to the polls.

    They have polling booths even inside hospitals. If you are out of town you can lodge an absentee vote or a postal vote. If you miss voting there are acceptable excuses but I don't know what they are - it is easier to just turn up and vote.

    I must admit every so often someone gets up on a soapbox and talks about how unfair it is to have mandatory voting and then we just say "America" and we look at your poor attendance records and think about our own apathy about politics and quickly realise that if it was not mandatory no-one would ever turn up to vote.:chuckle

    I think it also makes it harder to "fiddle" with the voting register. Not so many "cemetery" votes.
  15. by   eltrip
    I almost gave up my rights & responsiblities as a citizen once, but nevermore! I'm registered & bring my 6 y/o daughter with me (whenever possible) to vote. It's too important to throw away, even if my votes are deemed "throwaways" because I'm a Libertarian.