Linkdump for October 2nd through November 9th

Sometime between October 2nd and November 9th, I thought this stuff was interesting. You might think so too!

Occupy the Vote. Make a Difference. #occupythevote

Washington state is expecting a 47% turnout in this election — and people bitch and moan about how nothing ever changes.

I support the #occupy movement. But I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that if every one of the #occupy protesters actually voted, there are a lot of races that wouldn’t be as close as they end up being. If every #occupy protester told their friends to vote — and not just, “you should vote,” but “no, seriously, YOU SHOULD VOTE, we’re going to the polls/filling out our ballots now,” a lot of races wouldn’t even be close.

Yes, protests are important. Yes, we need to make our voices heard. But we also need to remember that shouting in the streets isn’t the only way to make our voices heard. Fill out your ballot. Put it in the mail. Put it in a drop box. If you don’t live somewhere where you can vote by mail, then take the hour out of your day to go to the polls.

But don’t ignore your right to vote, then bitch because nothing ever changes.

And don’t whine that “my vote doesn’t make a difference,” or “it’s just one vote.” Over the past couple decades, we’ve seen too many elections, national and local, where recounts were triggered because the final tally was so close. A few more votes — those tiny, insignificant, single votes — all of a sudden aren’t so minuscule.



Vote Obama '08 This is it — voting day!

Hopefully, you’re one of the many people who’ve taken advantage of the option to vote early in one form or another. If not, then _please_ take the time out of your day today to go by your local polling place and cast your vote.

Don’t let the news scare you away, either. If the race follows the polls — and keep in mind, that’s still a big “if” — then the big networks could be calling the election long before many people on the West coast have a chance to vote. Don’t let that stop you! Anyone who remembers the last two presidential races (especially 2000) knows how eager the networks are to declare a winner, long before most votes are cast, and with plenty of time for things to change. Besides, there’s a lot more than just the presidential race at stake here, there are tons of Senate, House, and local seats and measures that you can have input on.

[Know your voting rights][1]! Hopefully this won’t be an issue for you, but better to be prepared. Don’t let goons from the other side (whichever side that may be) keep you from voting. If you _do_ have problems, [know what to do][2]:

[1]: “ACLU: Know Your Voting Rights”
[2]: “Daily Kos: Be Vigilant. Be Active. Call It In.”

> If you see something weird or discomfiting or arguably illegal going on at your polling place tomorrow. don’t post about it here. Or, at least, don’t post first.
> You’ve got two choices tomorrow as to where to phone in your information, and I’m going to advocate doing both. First off, there’s [Obama Voter Protection][3]:
> > Call 1-877-US-4-OBAMA (1-877-874-6226) and let them know what problems you’re seeing. If you can’t get through, use [this online form][4] and/or [call your local campaign HQ][5].
> Alternately, or in addition, I strongly encourage you to call [Election Protection][6], a nonpartisan organization:
> * For immediate assistance, call the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline.
> * To report problems to Election Protection’s state teams through Twitter, [use these guidelines][7].
> * Track incident reports received through the hotline at [][8]
> * Keep an eye on voting issues as they are reported at the [OurVoteLive Blog][9]
> * Follow breaking voting news and issues at the [866OurVote Twitter account][10]
> We all love being able to break news here about what we’re seeing, but what matters most tomorrow is giving that information to people who can do something about it . And then … wait, what are you doing at a computer in the first place on Election Day? Get out there. Do More Than Vote.
> Lawyers like me will be at polling places all over the country tomorrow to protect every citizen’s right to vote in an atmosphere free of intimidation, coercion and deception. But we can’t do anything if we don’t know what the problem is. So don’t post it here — call it in.

[3]: “Obama/Biden Voter Information Center”
[4]: “Obama/Biden: Report a Problem With Voting”
[5]: “Obama/Biden: Find your State Headquarters”
[6]: “Election Protection”
[7]: “Election Protection: Use Twitter to Protect the Vote”
[8]: “Our Vote Live”
[9]: “Our Vote Live Blog”
[10]: “Twitter: 866OurVote”

It’s time for a change, people. Make this one count.

Five Friends

[2008 US Voter Info on Google Maps][1]

[1]: “2008 Voter Info on Google Maps”

(via _[moniguzman][2]_)

[2]: “Twitter: moniguzman: Must-see election video…”