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We are all over the web with this event - the links will be updated with quotes as the posts go live and I'll keep adding to it as more folks join in. This post will be active through Election Day. GO VOTE!!!!

Vasilly at 1330v: "I vote because it wasn't so long ago that African Americans and women weren't allowed to. Our voting history is short. I can't turn my back on the sacrifices made so I, and many others, can have this right."

Pam at Mother Reader: "I vote because it's just what you do. You park in the lines at the supermarket, you shovel your sidewalk in the winter, and you take turns merging on the highway. These are the hallmarks of a modern society. And if people ignore all of them, well then, our country also allows for your right to be a dick. But I choose not that course."

Liz Burns at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy: "I vote because one of the many things people asked after Sandy was, where do I vote? Is it the same place? If we still can't get into our towns, where do we go to vote? Where now? They want to vote, and will do anything and everything they can to exercise that right, even though they are still without power, or can't go home, or have no homes to go to. Even though the clean clothes are running out and there is no heat and there is gas rationing and there is a nor'easter is predicted for tomorrow."

Jennie at Biblio File: "When we got to China, we wanted to learn how to swear, so we asked. We couldn't figure out how to ask, so we asked our friends what words we couldn't say on television. They told us ziyou and we were excited and then we remembered we knew that word. Ziyou means freedom. Welcome to China.

Da Lu wondered why the party chairman just didn't appoint the next president.

And that's why I vote. Because I can."

I'm writing about my great grandmother here at Chasing Ray: "I vote for Julia because life is hard and doing my part to try and make it better is something I owe her, and every other woman then and now who finds themselves in the same circumstance."

Joy at Joy's Book Blog: "I vote because when my grandmothers were growing up, women couldn't vote. I asked Grandma Weese about it once. She was apparently a bit of a rabble-rouser - "I told them at the high school that I didn't know what made men think they were so smart."

Sarah Rettger at Archimedes Forgets: "I know who I'm going to vote for. None of that undecided business here. (And I care about the outcome of the two important races on the ticket.)"

Terry Doherty at Family Bookshelf: "March 23, 1998 was a bad day. My Dad sent me flowers. He was a history teacher. I vote to honor him."

MIndy at Proper Noun: "Now I'm getting ready to cast my very first ballot for president. I can't tell you how happy I am to have this say."

Kelly Fineman at Writing & Ruminating: "It's not just because I grew up in a mixed marriage - one Democrat, one Republican, with some different viewpoints and many the same. But it was a marriage where it was clear that both parties had a stake in supporting the family (financially as well as otherwise), and one where it was a given that they were going to vote in primaries, national elections, school board elections, etc.

Katy K at A Library Mama: "I vote because even if democracy isn't perfect, it's the best thing we've hit on so far, and a democracy where people don't vote, isn't. I vote so that my kids can see me take an active role in our government and believe that one person can make a difference."

Brian Kerr-Jung at Critique De Mr. Chompchomp: "So, the truth is, I'm not an undecided voter. While it's still technically possible that my vote may change, there is very little I can think of that would cause it. But I don't want my candidate to know that. Why not? Because I want as much as I can possibly get from him. I want all the specifics, promises, clarifications and commitments I can possibly get. I want him to go all in."

Edi at Crazy QuiltEdi: "Like me, my mom and dad never, ever imagined they would see a black president in their lifetime. My dad passed away long before Pres. Barak Obama even came onto the political scene. Dad was a diehard Republican and I have no idea how he would have voted, but mom was a lifelong Democrat. She had moved to Indiana to live with my sister and during the campaign mom was glued to CNN! But, you know what? My mom couldn't vote for him."

Lynn Miller-Lachman at her author site: "Voting from abroad, we felt like we were still part of the country. It gave us a connection to home and reminded us that when we return at the end of the year, we will live with the consequences of ours and everyone else's decision."

Tanita Davis at fiction, instead of lies: "Voting is both privilege and gift, and obligation, for someone whose ancestors were slaves, and whose chattel status prevented them from being thought of even as human."

Lee Wind at I'm Here, I'm Queer, What the Hell Do I Read?: "Talk to your parents, your grandparents, your friends. Let them know the issues that matter for you, and share with them your hopes (and even your fears) for the future."

Greg Pincus at Gotta Book: "As I watch the devastation of hurricane Sandy, I'm reminded again how we all pull together... how we are, despite vast spaces between us, all part of something bigger than just our own smaller communities. To me, a Presidential election is about that, too."

Little Willow at Bildungsroman: "For those unable to get to a polling place the day of the election, there are other ways to vote, such as absentee ballots and mail-in ballots, which you may fill out while in the comfort of your own home. You may wear your pajamas and eat ice cream while casting your vote for positions and propositions which will touch you, your family, your friends, and your country."

Tricia at the Miss Rumphius Effect: "For many, many years voting was a right afforded to privileged white men. We have a come a long way since those days, but we still have a long way to go. Every voice, every opinion matters. We cannot move this country forward without the thoughtful participation of ALL our citizens, young and old, male and female, partisan and non-partisan."

Charlotte at Charlotte's Library: "Voting always makes me cry, I'll explain, with my best attempt at an insouciant shrug. Because, darn it, it does."

Alex at The Children's War: "You see, my dad was an immigrant. He came here for a better life and he found one. After a few years, he became a citizen and, despite our childish here-we-go-again-eye-rolling, he never got tired of telling us how lucky we were to be born in this country - especially on the first Tuesday of every November."

Jone has a Walt Whitman poem at Check It Out: "It seems to me that each political season stirs up more divisiveness than the earlier. It's stunning the amount of money spent to get elected. In "For You, O Democracy," I found hope in the lines."

David at Fomograms: "It's like being asked if you want chocolate or vanilla, saying "I don't care," and then complaining about the flavor you've been given. As the popular bumper sticker goes "Don't Blame Me, I Voted For the Other Guy," except I didn't even do that much, and so by extraction, it's my fault after all."

Sarah at Finding Wonderland: "When I was little, my mother would bring me with her to the polling place--often in some devoted volunteer's garage--and I'd see the excitement, the people going in and out of the little voting booths, and I already looked forward to being a part of it. It wasn't just a matter of getting a neat "I voted" sticker. Voting was a fact of life, and there was no question that I'd one day do it."

Debra at Library Lass: "I'm a blue girl in the one of the reddest states in the union."

Justin has a comic up at babble comics. Here's a clip:


comments

Thanks for doing this!

Here's my post-- http://charlotteslibrary.blogspot.com/2012/11/why-i-vote.html

Hi Colleen,

I'm in! So glad you're doing this again.
http://missrumphiuseffect.blogspot.com/2012/11/blog-vote-why-every-citizen-matters.html

Tricia

Posted at Bildungsroman!

Hi Colleen, thanks for hosting this important blogging event.

I just posted my Why I Vote post at http://www.thechildrenswar.blogspot.com/2012/11/why-i-vote.html

Yay! So glad we're urging people to EXERCISE their right to vote... so many people fought so hard for years to get the vote, now it's up to us to use that power... for good!
Electorially,
Lee

Thanks for doing this again, Colleen. I found a Walt Witman poem on democracy, writter around the time ofthe Civil War. http://wp.me/pG1xR-nh

Hi Coll, this one is mine. And this one is Tricia's from The Miss Rumphius Effect.

Thanks for doing this, Colleen! Here's my post: http://alibrarymama.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/why-i-vote/

Thanks for doing this Colleen ... almost forgot to send the link:

http://family-bookshelf.org/2012/11/02/why-i-vote-for-family-for-community-for-history/

I love this idea. Thank you for doing it! :)

http://propernounblog.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/why-i-vote/

Thanks for hosting this -- it's a beautiful project.

Here's mine: http://www.joyweesemoll.com/2012/11/04/why-i-vote/

As always, C, you rock. Here's mine: http://sarahrettger.blogspot.com/2012/11/why-i-vote.html

I'm in at Biblio File!

http://www.jenrothschild.com/2012/11/why-i-vote.html

Better late than never, right? http://blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/teacozy/2012/11/06/blog-the-vote/

I was running behind on this, but here's my addition to Why I Vote:

http://www.motherreader.com/2012/11/why-i-vote.html

Thanks for doing this!

It's last minute but here's my post on the event: http://classicvasilly.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/why-i-vote/

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