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TomSlick

(10,942 posts)
Mon Oct 22, 2018, 10:34 PM Oct 2018

Why I vote in a red county, in a red district, in a red state.

I vote because nothing is so constant as change. I vote for the change I want to see.

I vote because voting is the voice I have and silence is consent.

I vote because people have paid with their lives and their bodies to preserve the right to vote. To not vote would be disrespectful to their sacrifice.

I vote because I understand that the republic is in peril. If I do not vote, tyranny wins.

I vote because it is my patriotic duty and honor.

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Why I vote in a red county, in a red district, in a red state. (Original Post) TomSlick Oct 2018 OP
And those are the same reasons I vote in a reliably blue state. No one can count on it pnwmom Oct 2018 #1
And I vote now in a red area of a red state. So that it is known there is D support here. SharonAnn Oct 2018 #24
As well you should. As for me, I simply couldn't live in a place like that. Garrett78 Oct 2018 #2
Oh, I don't know, home is home. TomSlick Oct 2018 #5
Commendable. I moved away from where I was born and raised. For several reasons. Garrett78 Oct 2018 #6
I'm not sure about being commendable TomSlick Oct 2018 #26
Even in the redest states there are liberal areas that are very blue. Usually next to a University grantcart Oct 2018 #12
Congressional District 9 in Phoenix saidsimplesimon Oct 2018 #20
I've seen my precinct go blue over the past couple of years. lpbk2713 Oct 2018 #3
Texas is not a red state or a blue state-it is a non voting state Gothmog Oct 2018 #4
there are no blue or red states; turnout is everything AlexSFCA Oct 2018 #10
When I vote in a red state, PoindexterOglethorpe Oct 2018 #7
Well said onetexan Oct 2018 #8
I vote because you HAVE to vote. BigmanPigman Oct 2018 #9
As you said TomSlick, Your Vote is Your Voice. nt iluvtennis Oct 2018 #11
about 80% red here but I vote Hermit-The-Prog Oct 2018 #13
Yes. We also answer phone polls. :) Hortensis Oct 2018 #14
KnR Hugin Oct 2018 #15
Apathy is enablement. Fyrefox Oct 2018 #16
Yes. Welcome to DU. nt fleabiscuit Oct 2018 #19
Apathy is also MontanaMama Oct 2018 #23
welcome to DU gopiscrap Oct 2018 #27
Yes. I have a Repugnant local district and still vote treestar Oct 2018 #17
I vote TNNurse Oct 2018 #18
And then there's the fact Rural_Progressive Oct 2018 #21
Most of us live in either a deep red state or a deep blue one louis c Oct 2018 #22
I can't image not voting. IrishEyes Oct 2018 #25

pnwmom

(108,861 posts)
1. And those are the same reasons I vote in a reliably blue state. No one can count on it
Mon Oct 22, 2018, 10:36 PM
Oct 2018

remaining blue unless people like me keep voting.

Garrett78

(10,721 posts)
6. Commendable. I moved away from where I was born and raised. For several reasons.
Mon Oct 22, 2018, 11:18 PM
Oct 2018

One of those reasons being the politics.

Where I live in Northern Cali is certainly not without problems, though, and I'm involved in organizations trying to bring about equity. It's hard enough dealing with a vocal and toxic minority, much less living in a stark red state.

TomSlick

(10,942 posts)
26. I'm not sure about being commendable
Tue Oct 23, 2018, 06:52 PM
Oct 2018

but the job is here, Herself's job is here, both sets of elderly parents are here, the child is here, and the soon to be grandchild is here. Here we stay.

I have family in Northern California on the western side of the Donner Summit. It's beautiful country.

grantcart

(53,061 posts)
12. Even in the redest states there are liberal areas that are very blue. Usually next to a University
Tue Oct 23, 2018, 01:18 AM
Oct 2018

Tucson
Austin
and so on.

saidsimplesimon

(7,888 posts)
20. Congressional District 9 in Phoenix
Tue Oct 23, 2018, 10:46 AM
Oct 2018

was once a solid blue area. Gentrification, high rental and home prices, and the building of mega mansions means this area is bleeding purple and red on the edges. imo

lpbk2713

(42,613 posts)
3. I've seen my precinct go blue over the past couple of years.
Mon Oct 22, 2018, 10:50 PM
Oct 2018



My county is consistently red but it's a start.

Gothmog

(142,633 posts)
4. Texas is not a red state or a blue state-it is a non voting state
Mon Oct 22, 2018, 10:58 PM
Oct 2018

Turnout in 2014 was 32% due to the voter ID law. Right now, turnout is at presidential levels. I vote because I believe that Texas will turn blue.

AlexSFCA

(6,137 posts)
10. there are no blue or red states; turnout is everything
Tue Oct 23, 2018, 12:06 AM
Oct 2018

that is why I still beleive that dems have more chances holding on to the senate due to statewide elections which are more dependent on turnout than gerrymandered house districts. Can we pass a federal law requiring all states to offer mail-in ballots to all residents?

BigmanPigman

(51,233 posts)
9. I vote because you HAVE to vote.
Tue Oct 23, 2018, 12:02 AM
Oct 2018

There was never any question in my house growing up. We were raised to value and respect certain things and voting is one of them. I have voted in every single election since I turned 18 in 1980 and voted for Carter. I even worked at the polls while in college and we had voting in our garage one year in CA. Four generations of Dems have given me no better foundation for being civic minded. I vote Dem straight down the ballot, always. I taught my first and sixth grade students to vote too, and we voted throughout the school year. The students loved it, really!!! I think my enthusiasm got to them. People need to be taught this by their family, like living within your means, being respectful of others, putting your seat belt on, etc.

Hermit-The-Prog

(32,398 posts)
13. about 80% red here but I vote
Tue Oct 23, 2018, 01:26 AM
Oct 2018

There may be 4 red votes to counter my blue, but some election day, 3 may stay home and 1 vote with me.

I feed facts every chance I get.

Hortensis

(58,785 posts)
14. Yes. We also answer phone polls. :)
Tue Oct 23, 2018, 02:13 AM
Oct 2018

My husband is liberal who is registered Republican in this blood-red district, and we manage to get a little enjoyment out of the consternation of pollsters.

Fyrefox

(300 posts)
16. Apathy is enablement.
Tue Oct 23, 2018, 06:48 AM
Oct 2018

Those who refuse to vote, even for the lesser of two evils, are passively affirming the greater of two evils. The active and voting minority has carried the day in more than one election. Vote, because the stakes have never been higher...

MontanaMama

(23,120 posts)
23. Apathy is also
Tue Oct 23, 2018, 02:37 PM
Oct 2018

contagious. Pick up your neighbor, friend, fellow DUer when they're down and GOTV no matter what.

Welcome to DU Fyrefox.

treestar

(82,383 posts)
17. Yes. I have a Repugnant local district and still vote
Tue Oct 23, 2018, 06:49 AM
Oct 2018

I want the Republican to know that at least a certain percent is opposed. If I didn't vote in that election, R would think he is more popular than he is.

TNNurse

(6,881 posts)
18. I vote
Tue Oct 23, 2018, 10:33 AM
Oct 2018

I vote because I am a citizen. I vote because I care about the welfare of my fellow citizens. I vote because I was raised to vote.

Rural_Progressive

(1,105 posts)
21. And then there's the fact
Tue Oct 23, 2018, 11:43 AM
Oct 2018

that a democratically elected representative form of government is a delicate, fragile, gift that we have been given that requires the active participation of its citizens to remain viable.

We as a society have been sitting on our fat rumps expecting someone else to take care of us. Well they are taking us for a ride and the only way to regain control is to be aware, be informed, be concerned and VOTE!!!

 

louis c

(8,652 posts)
22. Most of us live in either a deep red state or a deep blue one
Tue Oct 23, 2018, 01:48 PM
Oct 2018

California, New York, Massachusetts, most of New England, Delaware, Maryland DC all deep blue.

Most of the South and Plain States, all deep red.

We all need to vote

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