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I'm not going to tell you "get out there and vote!" There aren't a lot of good choices this year, especially in the Presidential race. I wouldn't blame anyone for sitting this one out, or for not voting in contests where you don't feel you have anyone to vote for. Sure, you can vote against, but that means you're probably still voting for a seriously non-ideal candidate.
If I had a campaign sign in my front yard, it would read, "LOTSA LUCK." We're going to need it.
Bit of history: did you know the U. S. didn't even have secret ballots until the mid-19th Century, and most places hadn't had printed, government-supplied ballots until a few years before that? At one point, legislators were arguing that voting was a public trust and if you let people vote in secret, they'd only vote for their own self-interest instead of considering the needs of the greater community. What actually happened was voter turnout began to decline and has declined steadily ever since. Correlation isn't causation but that one makes me wonder.
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