The Norman Transcript

Opinion

November 6, 2012

Vote, vote, vote in general election today

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Excuse No. 5: “The other candidate seems to have the momentum. What’s the point of my voting?” Remember when your parents made you do something you didn’t want to do? And you were grateful? Your self-motivated momentum can make a difference.

Excuse No. 6: “My spouse is voting for the other candidate. Our votes will cancel each other’s. We might as well stay home.” That’s an illusion. Your spouse might be in the minority who are voting. Or, it could be so close, your one vote will decide.

Excuse No. 7: “I don’t live in a swing state. My vote isn’t important because my state isn’t important.” No single vote, no one state is unimportant. Your state’s winner counts as votes in the Electoral College that determines the winner. Your state could wind up deciding that vote.

Excuse No. 8: “Politics is a corrupt, dirty business. I hate it. I want nothing to do with it.” Scores of Americans lie buried in foreign fields, having given their lives for others’ freedoms and to preserve your freedoms, including your right to vote. Their sacrifice counts. Take your idealism to the polls and make a difference — honor their sacrifice. Vote.

Excuse No. 9: “It’s a man’s world. I’m a woman. Men will control the White House; they will control the election.” Guess what? Women outnumber men as registered voters. Vote for the man who shows that he’s on your side, and you’ll make a difference for you, your family and the future.

Excuse No. 10: “The Electoral College might end in a tie, and the election will be thrown into the House of Representatives. And, they’ll decide, not me.” One election was so close, it was decided by one vote per precinct. This might be another one. Even in a state with four electoral votes, your single vote could make the difference, and those four electoral votes could break the Electoral College tie.

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