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MineralMan

(146,562 posts)
Sun Nov 3, 2019, 11:39 AM Nov 2019

If someone tells you that election turnout doesn't matter,

there are three possible reasons that someone would tell people that:

1. That person doesn't understand how our elections work.
2. That person has lost hope in the system we use to elect people.
3. That person is trying to depress you in hopes you won't vote.

Personally, I don't pay any attention to anyone telling me that turnout doesn't matter. I know that it does. Hillary Clinton lost in the electoral college in the 2016 election over less than 100,000 votes total in three states. More votes than that were cast for third party candidates in those three states. Turnout was down, as well.

Don't pay any attention to anyone telling you that turnout doesn't matter. That's just bullshit. Instead, take two people who wouldn't otherwise vote to the polling place with you. If everyone did that, we'd win in a landslide that couldn't be ignored. Truly.

To hell with ignorance, pessimism, and voter discouragement! Just say no to all three!

Thanks!

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If someone tells you that election turnout doesn't matter, (Original Post) MineralMan Nov 2019 OP
Turnout is key... Wounded Bear Nov 2019 #1
Even better, let's increase the size of that blue wave! MineralMan Nov 2019 #4
Elections are stolen in the margins. A landslide can't be stolen StarfishSaver Nov 2019 #7
As usual MM, good and sound advice. NT SWBTATTReg Nov 2019 #2
K and R for exposure. Stuart G Nov 2019 #3
Thanks for the kick! MineralMan Nov 2019 #5
Thanks! MineralMan Nov 2019 #6
I've been making it a point of reminding people to vote this Tuesday Rhiannon12866 Nov 2019 #8
I live in Missouri what am I voting on tomorrow Sorry to be so crazy but no one in Missouri is onecent Nov 2019 #11
I looked it up online Rhiannon12866 Nov 2019 #12
I've never had anyone tell me that. pintobean Nov 2019 #9
Someone on DU wrote that it didn't matter, because the Republicans MineralMan Nov 2019 #10

Wounded Bear

(59,317 posts)
1. Turnout is key...
Sun Nov 3, 2019, 12:21 PM
Nov 2019

It always is. When huge swaths of the populace doesn't vote, the vocal minority parties win.

We need to repeat the 2018 wave. Actually, we need to continue it.

Rhiannon12866

(211,888 posts)
8. I've been making it a point of reminding people to vote this Tuesday
Mon Nov 4, 2019, 09:34 AM
Nov 2019

Local offices matter, too. And if someone says they don't know who to vote for, I'm more than willing to explain the issues!

onecent

(6,096 posts)
11. I live in Missouri what am I voting on tomorrow Sorry to be so crazy but no one in Missouri is
Mon Nov 4, 2019, 10:38 AM
Nov 2019

saying a thing??????

Rhiannon12866

(211,888 posts)
12. I looked it up online
Mon Nov 4, 2019, 05:57 PM
Nov 2019

It's only local races in my district, but I'm glad I looked since I know one of the candidates personally and she's the only Democrat running in a 5 person race.

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