Far too many Americans simply don't vote. So we got to wondering: What's inspiring some to show up at the polls, and others not to?
Using our new CNN Facebook "I'm Voting" App, we asked you to weigh in. And you did – with many passionate answers.
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In all democracies it is the majority of the minority of the people who decide who will rule all..
As always, love of country. I am so tired of people that choose to live here, instead of some socialist country, but want to make the USA a socialist country. What people love about this country would be distroyed with socialism. Demacrates are so inward thinking. WHAT ABOUT PROTECTING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!!!!!!
I voted third party this time around because, quite frankly, I do not think it matters who wins as long as political discourse remains as uncivilized as it has been over the last four years. At least this way I'm playing by my own rules, and not by those forced upon me by others, who seem intent upon making as much of my free choice for me as they can by limiting my decision to "two viable candidates." We have to stop arguing and start talking to each other. That's how we really further the interests of our country, and the world.
What's inspiring me not to vote is the media polls. Why vote if you already know who is going to win in your state thanks to the media. Obama signed an executive order banning abortion but women voters won't vote for romney because they fear he will ban abortion. New college grads have a 50% unemployment rate but they won't vote for romney because they think obama will get them a job. Federal workers don't have collective bargaining but they won't vote for romney because they say he is against collective bargaining. Duh!
Rommey is not the one he lies. To American people. We just can't never have that. 👽
I will find out today if I should move to Costa Rica.
I truly cannot believe how close the race is-it shouldn't be.
But the real debate is about whether any president can get
the goals accomplished that we and them set out so strongly to do.
If the system is as broken as it appears, something major needs to happen so that we can fix all the issues affecting our lives. It's not just about money and the economy and jobs, but about the necessity of feeling hopeful everyday about our lives and our future. This is what worries me. After getting laid off as an IT contractor, I thought I would have a job quickly as I always have. I have excellent experience, had great interviews, and a plethora of job search activities and networking that should have worked. It was incredibly humbling and disheartening (a full year of working harder than ever job hunting) and it's easy to fall into low self esteem and despair. I moved to Texas to continue job searching. Today, election day, I am not working, but have accepted my first job offer-at much less pay- about 30% less- but am so thankful anyway. I was about to give up the search. Changing my lifestyle and personal economy and having to give up on my biggest dream of home ownership (hard to qualify being off work and now lower income) is sad.. Something needs to be done today to help people like me- and there are millions of us. My personal economy was at a high when Clinton was around.
I hope people do the right thing. Come on people!
I respect how everyone votes and do not look down on people that do not vote the way I vote, and I am also not surprised if they vote differently.
I want a government that is "of the people by the people for the people" I need a government that works with you not against,you and is not paid by big business and the1% to promote their agenda. My government does not hold the middle class hostage,just to promote their ideology and filibuster over 300 bills from the President that would help the middle create jobs through infrastructure and more. . I want a government that sticks up for women, and will fight for them for equal pay, and respect them that they have a right to choose. I want a government that respects all the people regardless of race, religion, or sexual preference and understands their rights as individuals. I want a government that gives everyone a chance to educate themselves. There are so many individuals including my kids that benefited from Pell Grants from the government. Many of those people became, doctors, lawyers, and good politicians have made our society better. I cannot conceive of a government, that will turn their backs on people that cannot get health care due to pre- existing conditions, or people dying because they have no health care.
I do not want our government to be taken over by extremists. I cannot believe in my opinion how anyone could trust a person that is caught lying constantly, and does not care about the 47%, and feels that they think they are victims. I do not think that senior citizens, vets, disabled, and people making less than $50,000 a year feel that they are victims. I know I never did. It is hard to believe that Jim must show 3 years of tax returns to prove his ability to run a credit worthy business but a candidate for the President of the United States refuses to show his 5 years of tax returns like every other President in past years have. What is he hiding??? How could anyone want this person to be our President. Someone who hides his money off shore, so he does not pay his fair share of taxes. I really worry about this society, when lies and big lies are told over and over and people believe them ,this is how our government can be taken over by extremists. Remember Hitler. History does repeat itself.
I am tired of the so called conservative Republicans, like President Bush who vowed to make our government smaller but in fact made it the largest in modern history, and by the way President Obama has made it smaller. I am tired of the conservative Republicans who constantly remark about people on food stamps or welfare, but if they loose their jobs or have a family crisis, they are the first in line to take it. " Oh ...," but they say they deserve it.
We have voted and we know what kind of government we want for us and our children and grandchildren.
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