November 7, 2006

Get Out The Vote!

Today was such an amazing experience for me as a future politician.

I worked the voting polls as a precinct manager and then during the last 5 hours of the elections, I walked the run down streets of the city of Providence where most of the lower class and minority population inhabited knocking on their doors, begging them to go out and vote Democrat.

"Hello, My name is Princess, and I am with the Democratic Party. I am here to
see if you were able to go out and vote today. If you haven't due to
transportation, we have services available to take you to the polls

I repeated this over and over and over and over and over and over again.

As hundreds of volunteers knocked on 12 thousand doors from 4pm - 9pm during this Statewide Democratic effort known as Get Out The Vote (GOTV), there were many residents that had gone out and done their duty as Americans.

Sadly, however, there were many households that I myself personally came in contact with that just didn't care anymore....

"Please go vote, you have to get the people who care about you in there and get
those that don't care about you out! Go vote for Sheldon Whitehouse so we can
take control of the Senate"

I repeated this over and over and over and over and over and over again.

But honestly, what does that mean to someone who feels they get nothing from the government? What does that mean to the person living in the ghettos?

I know that the Democrats rely heavily on the minority and middle class vote, but in the end, those who are doing the worst, don't get to reap many benefits. But this doesn't mean don't vote. But voting is just the first step. Go vote and get those that care about you in office. Then use that power of having elected them to office against them and force them to do the things that you need done.


Stephen Bess said...

Alright Ms. Action! That's cool that you got involved. I'm Independent because of some of the reasons you described. Truthfully, I usually go Democrat, but my faith in both parties as dwindled. So, you're a future politician. I'll be looking out for you in the very near future. Make me proud. :)

Georgiapeach said...

Totally agree with you Jenelly. I never thought of voting like that. I was raised not to vote due to religious beleifs. But now that I am older I realize the importants of voting and the necessity. Great post.

JenellyBean said...

So your an independent eh?
So do you find yourself choosing the person and not the party?

If, so, does that not conflict?

I ask because, for Rhode Island, we had a Republican Senator by the name of Lincoln Chafee. You may have heard of him because he put his party in an uproar as the ONLY Republican who voted against the War.
Rhode Islanders were happy he did that, but in the end he was still a Republican and voted in view of the Republican party 81% of the time (or very close to that).

Great man. Wrong Party.
Yesterday he lost his seat to a Democrat.

I don't mean to intrude, but did you vote Republican in the 2004 election?

Stephen Bess said...

lol! :)
You're funny Princess. I've never voted Republican, but who knows? Maybe one day I'll look at a candidate and think that he/she is the best for me and the people. That candidate might be a Republican?

JenellyBean said...


How are ya girl? So nice to see you.

You were raised not to vote??


Did you vote Yesterday?

"N" Search of Ecstasy said...

I definitely made it my business to get to the poll yesterday to get my vote on, but I am dissappointed because the candidate for Governor that I voted for did not win ;-(

JenellyBean said...

Sister Ecstasy....

We are in the sameboat.
The guy I voted for Governor lost by a mere 7000 votes (51% - to his 49%). It was very disheartening, but everyone else I voted for won, so I'm happy about that.

Anonymous said...

My thoughts on voter apathy has always been if you don't mark the ballot then you don't have the right to complain if the candidate voted in is unqualified for the job. Those who didn't vote could quite possibly have made the difference...
Voting is one of the most important things we do every few years because we are giving someone else the confidence and trust in looking out for our best interest..
When I vote I weigh my options very carefully. I consider myself a Liberal, yet I have been known to vote Conservative if I felt the candidate was the better person for the job
What I feel happens people become loyal to a party that may not serve them properly... So I consider myself to be a Liberal with Conservative thoughts with a Green Party mentality....
You do your thing future Madame President!!

JenellyBean said...

Hey Sista Alli...

I feel you on this 100%. If you don't vote--shut up and sit down!

People have fought to obtain this right to vote and now there are people that act like voting means nothing.

You have to weigh your options, however, the uneducated voter doesn't and I'm fine with that. You don't have to be educated to be protected, but after you vote, you should pay attention.

I don't know about President, but I could consider.


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