The 2012 Election is right around the corner, and there is nothing more upsetting than walking into that school gymnasium on election night, filled with national pride, only to have the blue-haired lady with the thick book tell you sorry, you can't vote. You're not registered. (Followed by dramatic facepalm. Yours.)
Today is National Voter Registration Day and the day to check your voting status and make sure you're registered, and if not, to do it. Time is running out. Each state has its own rules, but most require you be registered at least a month before the election.
If you are one of those people who knows you aren't registered and could care less, because you feel it's only a contest of the lesser of two evils again anyway, I'm going to clue you in on something really cool you might not have realized ...
First off, voting is a responsibility and a duty of all citizens. You gotta do it, make your voice be heard. You'll feel worse if you don't, especially with these hidden incentives that are really the icing on the cake:
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-- You get to be alone, in a quiet booth, for five freaking minutes.
-- Great reason to justify getting a babysitter.
-- Tuesdays are usually slow days anyway.
-- "I Voted" stickers. Kids love those.
-- Voting allows you to feel self-righteous all day long.
-- Filling in small bubbles on a Scan-Tron is more relaxing than playing Candyland.
-- No one talks back in the voting booth.
-- You get to be with other adults.
I know I've inspired you to take action. First, check to see if you are registered at CanIVote.org. If not, all you need to do is go out of doors and chances are you'll run into someone out on the street with a clipboard just dying to collect your info. Or you can go to the Election Assistant Commission website and get all the forms and instructions for your state. Do it. You'll be glad you did.
Are you registered to vote? Are you sure?
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