Every Vote Counts

Every Vote Counts is a grassroots movement from college chapters across the country…so far they are up working on 23 campuses.

It is a student-led, nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing voter turnout nationwide and expanding voter access.  They are trying to address voter apathy, voter suppression, and lack of voter access through three channels: voter engagement, legislative advocacy, and civic education.

I applaud the voices, protests and college activism across the country but what is mind-blowing is many of them do not make it to the polls.  In 2014, more than 12 million young registered voters stayed home.  It isn’t just about voter registration it is about getting out to VOTE!

We are all so insanely privileged to cast our vote.  Every vote counts, every voice counts and if it didn’t they wouldn’t be attempting voter suppression in some states to make sure that minorities don’t get to vote.

Spread the word far and wide…get every person you know who is over 18 to register and complete the process by getting out to vote.

Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    New one to me so thanks.Only future comes with getting out the vote and fielding a new crop of diverse, inspired, new leadership voices.Convincing the Republicans is a non starter. I don’t see any efficiency in attacking the divide, focusing on building stronger, larger, articulate communities bound together by a belief in humanity, democracy and equally, belief in common good.That is my idea of how to win.

    1. Gotham Gal

      For sure!

  2. jason wright

    ‘voter suppression’ sounds a little bit fascist. what is it?

    1. JLM

      .”Voter suppression” in the eyes of the left is the necessity to provide identification corresponding to the actual voter roll prior to being able to cast a ballot.”Voter suppression” in the eyes of the left is the necessity of providing proof of citizenship prior to being entered onto the voter rolls.Voting in the USA is Constitutionally limited to citizens.The left wants the process of obtaining a driver’s license to be sufficient for entry onto the voter rolls though there is no citizenship requirement to obtain a driver’s license.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

  3. LE

    In 2014, more than 12 million young registered voters stayed home. One issue with an effort like this related to getting college students to vote is that if they live at school then in general they are not near the polls to vote they are away at school. So any effort to get college students to vote (as opposed to getting students to get others to vote) had to involve voting in advance by mail in elections. I wonder if anyone is doing that. Nobody is traveling home next week to vote if they live more than in the same general area as where they go to college.

    1. JLM

      .Every state provides for absentee ballots.Young folks simply cannot be bothered to vote.It was folly to lower the voting age to 18.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

      1. LE

        College students do social things. They get excited about activities that involve others and spending time with others. So they will join a protest or they will meet to get others to vote but they will not take the time to get an absentee ballot (and send it in) because that doesn’t involve the same interaction and more importantly reinforcement from their peers.So the way to attack absentee voting (with students) would be to somehow make the act of signing up and voting a social event.How is that for a solution to the problem?

        1. JLM

          .College Republicans/Dems do that.It is more fundamental, they are not interested. They are not registered.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

          1. LE

            Seems anecdotal but funny none the less:”Do not know where to get a stamp”.https://wtop.com/local/2018…This reminds me of why (despite other comments which may appear to contradict) I don’t like to setup appointments in advance. I say ‘text me the day of the appointment when you are ready’. If they don’t text then I know I have not wasted an opportunity or time. The real buyers text, the triflers, well, I never hear from them.The point also being if someone isn’t motivated enough to clear some friction do you really want them voting? After all while it would be nice for people to wait in line for hours (like when buying an iphone circa 2008 or for sports or concert tickets) to vote if they aren’t willing to even just go to the polls then they probably have not given much thought to what they are voting for and just doing what others are telling them to do. What is the difference between that and buying votes?

  4. Pointsandfigures

    https://wgntv.com/2018/05/1… Stuff like this keeps a lot of people away from the polls. Chicago is the most corrupt city in America according to a new recent study by a local university.

    1. LE

      You could also infer lesser intelligence and/or greater risk taking into this by assuming that corruption levels elsewhere are brought about by people who either don’t get caught or are able to fly under the radar and avoid detection.If you read through some of the crimes it seems almost unbelievable that they thought that they would never get caught. What this means is simply they worked their way up in tolerance starting small without detection until they finally went bust after gaining confidence over so many years. (That is usually what happens nobody starts out with the big kill right off the bat at least not typically).

  5. Susan Rubinsky

    It is very difficult for college students to vote for a lot of reasons. My family lives in CT and we moved in the Autumn of the 2016 election cycle. My son was away at university in Chicago and because of the move he was unable to change his address and vote within the correct time period. And, even if he hadn’t moved, the process to attain a ballot and submit it correctly is from another century. It is all by paper and the USPS system. We are talking about tech-savy Millenials here. It’s my *guess* that this is a major part of the problem

  6. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Oprah’s speech on this today was so powerful. I wish we could bring her to every state to give that same speech.