Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Members of Portland's League of Young Voters at the First Friday Art Walk, Nov. 2.

I will never understand why so many Americans choose not to vote. Frankly, it is childish. That being said, I do despair at how so many others incorrectly view the single act of voting as the be-all-end-all of the democratic process. Voting is just one piece of the process of being a citizen. In fact, the League of Young Voters put it best in this year's voter guide:

"We voters cannot afford to just vote and go home. We need to vote and then hold our elected leaders accountable to the promises they made for our future. The Occupy Wall Street movement has already shown what everyday people can do to bring attention to a broken political system."

(They write this, of course, after having endorsed Barack Obama for another four years. Go figure...)

If you still need convincing on why you should vote Green this year click here.

Read the blog post and then go out and vote. There will be a quiz later on who won.

P.S. If you vote at Portland's Expo Center, you will likely see me there greeting voters. I'll spell out here what I am prohibited from explicitly telling you at the polls: "Vote for Asher Platts for state Senate."

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