Vote. Vote, dammit. Vote.
Election winners like to talk about something called “the will of the people,” but what we’re really talking about here is “the will of the people who actually showed up to vote that day.” And since there are more of us than there are of them, it should be our will that is expressed today… that is, if we all actually bother to vote.
Let’s be clear: study after study shows that Democrats almost always benefit from high turnout while Republicans benefit from low turnout. They don’t want you to vote; that has always been their strategy. Don’t let it be a winning strategy.
If Democrats turn out in equal or greater strength than Republicans today, Gov. Gregoire and Darcy Burner will cruise to victory. If we stay home, the Republicans will win. It’s as simple as that.
And at the presidential level, don’t be fooled into complacency by Barack Obama’s imminent victory, for the battle to discredit his administration has already begun. Obama is going to need a huge electoral mandate if he’s to have a hope of turning our nation around, and so every vote counts… even those here in a West Coast state he will surely win, and hours after the East Coast declares him the presumptive president-elect.
So vote, dammit, vote. Or shut up and deal with the consequences.
The Pierce County polling place finder has been down intermittently. You can find a list of polling places here.