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(6,145 posts)
Thu Oct 1, 2020, 08:08 PM Oct 2020

What 'cha Gonna Do?

I was very concerned by a DU'er who said that gloom and doom could affect DUers, and cause them not to vote. What about you?

11 votes, 1 pass | Time left: Unlimited
I would go kicking and screaming even if Proud Boys blocked me, I'd find a way to vote.
7 (64%)
I'm in a blue state, my vote doesn't matter.
0 (0%)
I'm in a red state, my vote doesn't matter.
0 (0%)
Trump is going to steal the election, my vote doesn't matter.
0 (0%)
The gloom and doom is getting to me, and I probably won't vote.
0 (0%)
I really don't like either candidate, so I probably won't vote.
0 (0%)
I already voted.
4 (36%)
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What 'cha Gonna Do? (Original Post) qwlauren35 Oct 2020 OP
Voting is the only way to end the doom and gloom Walleye Oct 2020 #1
Already voted. Why wait? Midnight Writer Oct 2020 #2
Vote as usual? pwb Oct 2020 #3
+1 2naSalit Oct 2020 #7
I've already voted iwillalwayswonderwhy Oct 2020 #4
I added it. qwlauren35 Oct 2020 #9
someone doesn't know DU'ers? stillcool Oct 2020 #5
voting gloomily in Oregon 0rganism Oct 2020 #6
I voted about seven hours ago so I recuse myself. dameatball Oct 2020 #8
WA votes by mail. Of course I'm voting. uppityperson Oct 2020 #10
Screw doom and gloomers is my vote. LakeArenal Oct 2020 #11
I'm a doom and gloomer. qwlauren35 Oct 2020 #13
Well, generally I feel it's a choice one makes. LakeArenal Oct 2020 #15
Definitely qwlauren35 Oct 2020 #16
Its not just democracy at stake. BlueWavePsych Oct 2020 #12
DeSantis says I can run them down in my car if they block me. NightWatcher Oct 2020 #14


(86,455 posts)
7. +1
Thu Oct 1, 2020, 08:18 PM
Oct 2020

I vote by mail, this time my county doesn't have in person polls so it's mail or drop box at the county registrar. Just like I always do.


(32,626 posts)
5. someone doesn't know DU'ers?
Thu Oct 1, 2020, 08:16 PM
Oct 2020

when a certain phrase, or sentiment starts popping up, I figure it's either from the tv people, or from the trolls.


(23,933 posts)
6. voting gloomily in Oregon
Thu Oct 1, 2020, 08:16 PM
Oct 2020

i have no doubt that my vote, and those of my family, will be counted.
Biden/Harris will win Oregon easily. we've been voting by mail (or dropoff) for many years, we vote on paper ballots, turnout has historically been fine.

it's the rest of the country that worries me, but there's relatively little i can do about that.


(6,145 posts)
13. I'm a doom and gloomer.
Fri Oct 2, 2020, 02:38 PM
Oct 2020

I'm really terrified about this election.

I'm terrified for my community, and the possibility of violence.

I'm terrified for my social security and the possibility of poverty.

Oddly, I do not share my fears much outside of DU. I had hoped that this was a safe space. I would never want to discourage anyone from voting.

It never occurs to me that gloom/doom depresses turn-out, because I am the kind of person who is motivated by it. Maybe I'm just wired differently.


(28,807 posts)
15. Well, generally I feel it's a choice one makes.
Fri Oct 2, 2020, 05:07 PM
Oct 2020

Once I realized what I am feeling is anxiety, I try to will myself out. Because things never turn out the ways your mind is imagining.

I visualize on what I want an a outcome to be not what I worry it might be.

Good luck, I know you aren’t alone in your fear.


(6,145 posts)
16. Definitely
Fri Oct 2, 2020, 06:00 PM
Oct 2020

You know, it's funny. I was going to say that when things get bad, I whip into action.

And that's bullshit. When Trump was elected, I went on a news blackout. I think I avoided DU, I avoided the news, I just retreated into a null state.

However, here and there, I noticed that others were taking action. I didn't get involved, but I financially supported them. And then 2018 happened and I got SUPER excited. I began to believe that we could get rid of Trump in 2020.

But this required coming out of my shell. And in coming out of my shell, I saw that he had a LOT of support. And I got scared again. The idea of Trump winning terrifies me - it is a blank check for white supremacists everywhere to attack and kill people of color. Me and my family. My community. My friends. No longer safe. It's really terrifying.

So, what I have done, in addition to donating, is to post the Biden and Lincoln Project ads on my Facebook page. I think I have flipped a friend. I have posted messages about voting. I have checked to make sure the people I love have a voting plan. (I will contact every one of my Facebook friends by Messenger this weekend.)

I *wish* I could campaign. I have a mental illness that prohibits it. But I can and do encourage others.

SO: Gloom and Doom are motivating me.

I wish I could be like you. Able to break through negativity and envision positive outcomes, and then work toward them. I think I do that sometimes.

I think part of what I remember is thinking that Hillary would win. And being complacent. And not pushing. I don't ever want to do that again.

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