Day 176 – Make Like a Stripper and Hit the Polls

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It’s finally here. The day that all opinionated Facebook users have waited for – ELECTION DAY!

There are a handful of different kinds of Facebook statuses, Tweets, and Instagram messages I’ve seen today.

  • The overly excited: “JUST VOTED! Everyone get out there and ROCK THE VOTE!!!!”
  • The know-it-all: “OMG PEOPLE you are all so STUPID! Don’t even vote. Please.”
  • The cynical: “WTF is the big deal…our votes don’t matter anyway.”
  • The Annoying Republican: “IF OBAMA WINS, THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO SHIT!!!”
  • The Annoying Democrat: “IF ROMNEY WINS, THIS COUNTRY IS GOING TO SHIT!!!”
  • The rude: “Great…you voted…now STFU!!!!”
  • The excessive hash-tagger: “#Vote in #Election2012! #Forward! #Backward! #Obama! #Romney! #Hashtag!”
  • The annoyed social media user: “ZOMG I CAN’T WAIT TILL THIS ELECTION IS OVER SO THE POLITICAL POSTS WILL STOP.”
  • The proud American: “I’m proud to be an American.”
  • The soon-to-be Canadian: “Totally moving to Canada if (insert candidate) is elected…WHO’S WITH ME?”
  • The partier: “Republican party? Democratic party? Who cares! Let’s just PARTY!”
  • The funniest people on Facebook: “(Insert movie character/athlete/actor name) For President! LOL!” <– my fave.

As well as many, many more.

Now, of course, I’ve been guilty of a few of these myself. Most of us have, probably. It’s just been amusing today to see people’s reaction to the election, and what they’re posting in regards to it. Whether it’s bashing one candidate, heavily supporting another, or trying to be humorous and just lighten the mood. Surprised and a little disappointed that I haven’t seen reference to this yet…

You know, if you’ve followed previous posts of mine, that I was an advocate of everyone registering in NY and getting their vote out there, and I still am. I’m looking forward to voting as soon as I get out of work, because I think it’s a privilege to have that opportunity. It will be my second time voting, my first in New York state, and I’m very proud to, after today, have been a part of two presidential elections in the United States.

Voting, voting, voting. It’s all we’re taling about on November 6th. But think about it. How many times have you VOTED for something? Like even small scale?

Here are some SUPER SERIOUS issues I’ve voted on in my life:

  • By a show of hands, which movie to watch during recess when it was raining outside.
  • By a show of hands, which movie to watch on a night in with college roommates.
  • Submitting votes for Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards..obviously.
  • American Idol. When it was good.
  • High School Student Government Elections.
  • College Student Government Elections (Guilty of submitting friends’ names into the write-in ballot.)
  • Vote for Pedro.
  • Voting to fill officer positions within my sorority. (SO much more intense than you think..trust.)
  • Class vote when the professor is almost at the 15-minute-late mark on whether to wait it out or all dip together.
  • Clicking a link to vote for a friend’s picture submission so she could win a free trip to Coachella.
  • Submitting electronic votes for Sebastian the Ibis in the Capital One – Mascot Bowl! (Check it out here, Canes!)
  • THE SPRING FLING QUEEN!

Voting has always been, and will always be, a part of our lives. This is election is no different. If you’re registered, and if you’re educated on the candidates, cast your vote today. But my real advice is to lighten up a little. And like my last post about voting said, maybe you’re a registered Democrat or Republican, but in the end, we’re all Americans, with the same rights. So whether you’re voting for Obama or Romney, Regina George or Cady Herron, Katniss or Peeta, Joffrey or Denaerys, Chris Rock or Ryan Gosling, enjoy the freedoms we’re lucky enough to have been granted in our country. And remember that no matter who wins, a ton of bars are going to have Election Parties. So drink up, America. Drink up.

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