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To anyone turning 18 or first-time voters...(ask the dumb questions here)

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It is SO important that you VOTE! If you are at all a competent person and have been for the past 8 years, then you know the HELL we are living in.

Know the candidates. Know the issues. Start NOW. Get ready to VOTE for a better America.

Use this thread to ask any questions on how to register to vote, absentee voting for college students, questions about candidates, anything regarding this VERY IMPORTANT election in 2008.

But remember, THE TIME STARTS NOW to research your candidates! Here are some places to start:

The Democratic candidates had a CNN/YouTube questioning sessions where REAL people like you and me asked the questions on YouTube and they responded. I think they are planning one with the Republican candidates, too. Check out the different videos here:

http://www.youtube.com/debates

For a list of candidates, their bios, and their plans for a better America, visit:

http://www.votesmart.org

To input your sides on issues and see which candidate might be your match, visit:

http://www.selectsmart.com/president/2008.html

"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
--Aristotle
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Please do!! Know the issues and the candidates. Remember you can not complain if you did not vote.
To the young women, remember women went to jail for you right to vote! So remember to register and take part and be heard!
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This is the same thing I have been telling my peers for over a year. We will turn eighteen in time to vote in the 2008 presidential election and I try to tell them how very important it is that we are involved in politics and we care about voting because it's our rights and government that hang in the balance. I so often get responses like, "I just don't see how it affects me." or "I don't see a candidate that I can identify with." But, for the most part, they couldn't name three people that are running. It's just so frustrating because I really do care and keep up with issues and candidates and it makes me sad to realize how few of my peers will actually vote and vote with thir brains next November. But I'll give you my word--I WILL vote and I will think long and hard about my chosen candidate.

Thank you, CapnHook, for posting this thread!
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I would like to add to the list:
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Add what to the list? Your copy/paste didn't work...
"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
--Aristotle
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I get people to vote for me.
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Thanks for starting this thread, Capn. It is important.

Register to vote at either of these sites:

http://www.declareyourself.com/?gclid=CPebnvu6wY0CFQJwUAodISLdNg

http://www.rockthevote.com/
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Question:

Which candidates are going to stand up for my right to exist?
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Thank you for posting this thread! I turned 18 in January and registered to vote a few days after my birthday. None of my other friends seem to care about voting or politics in general.
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A message to ALL voters: it is important to vote EVERY year, not just every four years at presidential elections. Local, county, and state elections are just as important, and can even have a greater impact on your day-to-day life.
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Hah, after starting this thread I now have a question: two of my friends want to register as Democrats. However at the last election one registered as a Rep and the other as an Independent. How do they UNregister for their parties and register for the Dem party?
"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
--Aristotle
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I haven't gotten my card yet... And I registered in, like, April. And I've already gotten letters from my local Democratic office. Should I have received a card yet? Or should I call someone?
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Thanks - they took care of their registration. And I took care of my absentee voting.
"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
--Aristotle
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don't worry. no matter how you register you'll all vote republican. muah-hahahahahahahaha *cough-cough* hahaha
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FOUR MORE YEARS!
"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
--Aristotle
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"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
--Aristotle
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Thank you for this thread, Capn...the other night, Barack Obama was on Jay Leno, and my dad asked, "If you could vote in the next election, who would you vote for?" I thought about it and I wasn't sure. And then I realized, wait, I can vote in the next election! I turn 18 in 8 days. I've spent so long not really paying attention to the presidential elections that I forgot I needed to, this time. Boy, I've got to get moving.

I took that SelectSmart quiz and it told me I matched with the "Theoretical Ideal Candidate". Well, that's good. Barack Obama had 80% and Hillary had 72%. Hmmm...
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As the old timer, I'll add one bit of advice- don't just vote by positions on the issues. The president is more than a legislator. Vote for the candidate that you'd be proud to represnt all of us on the world stage- the candidate you think can lead us for the next four years.
No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away. You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.