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Old 02-22-2003, 08:54 AM
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Whether or not you agree with the administration's position on Iraq, let them know by registering to vote if you're not already a registered voter. It couldn't be easier. Go to this site, and you will be able to register by filling out a form for your state. You then send it to the address indicated. That's all there is to it. Less than 10 minutes, and you can have your say.

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Old 02-23-2003, 05:09 AM
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Do a large proportion of the US population not take part in elections Ed?
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Old 02-23-2003, 09:34 AM
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True Chris. It's voter apathy. Many people don't feel as though their vote will make any difference one way or the other. I don't know the percentage of registered voters, but I do know that there's a good number of people who are not registered to vote, so therefore, they are not able to express their opinions in the voting booth. This is a basic right of the citizens, and more needs to be done to get them out to vote. Not only in times like this, but also in everyday life as we knew it.

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Old 02-23-2003, 10:17 AM
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I know percentage of people voting in local elections is very low but I think its been going up in General Elections over here. I think in some countries it an offence not to vote but not sure which ones.
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Old 02-23-2003, 02:04 PM
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it's compulsory to vote here in Australia although it doesn't mean we get any better politicians.
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Old 02-23-2003, 02:33 PM
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Dare I ask what happens if you dont make it to the polling station?
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Old 02-24-2003, 02:33 AM
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> [Chris] I think its been going up in General Elections over here.

Surely you remember the cataclysmic, world-is-about-to-end, end-of-society-as-we-know it news reports that followed the low turnout in the 2001 election?

For interest, the figures over the years are:

1918: 58.9%
1922: 71.3%
1924: 70.8%
1927: 76.6%
1931: 76.3%
1935: 71.2%
1945: 72.7%
1950: 84.0%
1951: 82.5%
1955: 76.7%
1959: 78.8%
1964: 77.1%
1966: 75.8%
1970: 72.0%
1974 (Feb): 78.7%
1974 (Oct): 72.8%
1979: 76.0%
1983: 72.7%
1987: 75.3%
1992: 77.7%
1997: 71.5%
2001: 59.0% (aha! we still beat 1918 by 0.1%!)

So, effectively, it fluctuates a lot...
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Old 02-24-2003, 03:57 AM
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Must reflect the choice on offer in 2001 Leah !
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Old 02-24-2003, 08:14 AM
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The Center for Voting and Democracy, and the Midwest Democracy Center asked our young people why voter turnout was so low in our country. This was a contest for young people to participate in. Here's a link to a site where you can read a sampling of the answers. I found it quite interesting myself, although I only read part of it.

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Old 02-24-2003, 12:19 PM
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"The people that one bestowed commands, consulships, legions, and all else, now concerns itself no more, and longs eagerly for just two things - bread and circuses!"
Juvenal (55 AD - 127 AD), Satires
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