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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

New Hampshire Primary 2008

Based on the results of the Iowa Caucuses last week, we have an early glimpse of who the "front runners" are for the Democratic and Republican parties.

Make sure you vote in your state's primary when the time comes. I did.

I was amazed to see that there were names of twenty one people on the Democratic ballot in New Hampshire who are running for President, most of whom I've never heard of. There were even two people running for the office of Vice President - two more names that I've never heard of. I really didn't get a close look at the Republican ballot to see how many names were on there.

BUT... It doesn't matter if you're registered as a Republican or Democrat, every vote counts. If you're not registered yet, find out when the deadline for voter registration is in your city and go do it.

Millions of people in many countries would love to be able to vote for their political leaders but don't have the opportunity to do so. We are very fortunate in the United States that we can vote and that our votes mean something. It's a privilege that should never, ever be taken for granted.

As I always like to say, you have no right to complain about the way the government is being run if you don't bother to vote.

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At 08 January, 2008 19:51, Blogger Esther said...

Hey! You answered a question that I've been meaning to ask you for weeks now - Do you vote in New Hampshire's Primary?

Clearly, you do!

That is really terrific, Green!

Good for you, and Good for the Country!

At 08 January, 2008 19:52, Blogger Esther said...

By the way, I love your clip art and imagery!

Great choice!

At 08 January, 2008 22:14, Blogger American Guy said...

yes, every vote counts.

unless you live in a state that has a later primary.

or one that solidly goes for one party or the other in the general election.

or you're a resident of DC where despite being the seat of government, you don't have a voting represntative in either house of congress.


the system is irretrieviably broken.

(and yes, despite all that, i do still vote)

At 09 January, 2008 03:21, Blogger K~ said...

I'm dreading next week.
It's Michigan's turn to be in this hell of Media 24x7 this candidate moved, blinked, cried, etc.
I will vote although I do believe our ballots will be limited since so many Dem's pulled out of Michigan for moving our Primary.
I dread election years..I vote but still DREAD it.

At 09 January, 2008 10:51, Blogger green said...

esther: Yes, I voted yesterday - and it's not hard to guess for whom I voted. The clip art I thought was the best of the limited choices I had.

ag: I never said our system was perfect, either. I think that we (as a country) should scrap the whole Electoral College nonsense and just let the popular vote decide the election.

As far as the primaries and caucuses go; they should be held in order of state population, from smallest to largest. That way the small states, like NH, can still feel important, and the states with the bigger prize of more delegates to the party conventions should go last.

And the whole primary season should be one month long - two at the most - that way (hopefully) we get less ad bombardment and ideally the candidates would stick to the issues instead of resorting to negative campaigning.

k~: I'll bet the major dems (Edwards, Hillary and Obama) will still be on the ballot in MI, which has always been an important state in the election process.

Even though you dread election years, I'm glad you still vote.

At 09 January, 2008 16:46, Blogger K~ said...

Edwards and Obama are not on the ballot and we can't write anyone in. It's basically a Republican Primary here in Michigan.
Clinton is still on there though.
So, I don't know if I will be evil and cross over and vote for a Repub...or just stick with voting for Clinton for now. LOL'n
Decisions Decisions.

And so far the Media is following every move of McCain.

Ugh! So much for any *real* news until Wednesday the 16th.

At 09 January, 2008 18:44, Blogger Esther said...

With all this primary discussion, let's not forget South Carolina!

The Republican Primary here is next week too, and we have a nationally televised Republican Debate tomorrow night. Tomorrow night!! One cool touch is that every candidate - both Republican and Democratic - gets his likeness sculpted in sand in front of the Convention Center where both debates will be held. The sand sculptures are HUGE and are so neat! They'll be featured on the national news tomorrow. Republican candidates have been sculpted first and then the Democratics. The Democratic Primary is not next week, but the following week.

It would be nice if they happened on the same day, but, alas, they don't.

Sand through an hour glass. . .

[Ba Dump Da - That's supposed to be an drum roll. Urgh. :) ]


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