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I am voting because it is my civic duty to make my voice heard.
Also the marriage amendment would restrict rights of a minority based on the religious beliefs of the majority, and must be stopped.
I choose to vote because I want my voice to be heard and because I believe it is my responsibility as a citizen. I also am grateful for those who went before me and fought for my right to vote as a woman. I would not want their efforts to be wasted, nor the hardships they endured to go unappreciated.
I am voting because it is both my right and my duty. This is my reason for voting every year. This year, however, it is even more important, because my vote will work towards ensuring that the rights of others are not limited or restricted. I am voting NO on the anti-marriage equality amendment proposal so that we can all have the same freedoms and rights, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. I am voting for the children of families who would be negatively impacted by such a freedom-limiting amendment to our state Constitution. I am voting NO on the Voter Restriction amendment proposal to ensure that voting rights are not treated as privileges, and that all citizens residing in our state are able to exercise their right to vote regardless of income, military or student status, current location, or physical ability.
I'm voting to ensure great citizens of Minnesota and residents that give tirelessly to Minnesota will not be disenfranchised by the restrictive tenets of Voter Restriction. If we call ourselves a free country, we must support this in our legislation. Voting gives us a voice, and without that voice, the government cannot complete their responsibilities effectively. I'm voting for the elderly, veterans, out of state students, citizens in poverty, and anyone else that would be negatively affected by Voter Restriction.
I am finally old enough to vote, and I want to put my voice out there!
I love my country
It is something I can be proud of being a part of, and every vote counts.
The opportunity to exercise the right to vote is an opportunity no one should be pasing up! We will never advance or improve this country if people stay apathetic and uninvolved in crucial decision-making.
Elected officials speak for me. I want to be part of future decisions. I do not want to be the citizen that complains but took no part in the decision. We do make a difference, one vote at a time!
We have the power as voters to choose the leaders who will reflect our values.
I consider it a civic duty and responsibility. An effective representative political process requires the participation of those it represents, and that is why I participate.
I am a future physician and will certainly be impacted by future changes in health care reform.
Because I believe that my vote counts.
So I can cancel out a Romney....
I want to participate in choosing the path of our society, and I think we all should.
What if Obama wins by a single vote? I don't want to have to carry that guilt around.
I became a citizen of US recently and I am voting because I am tired of the joblessness that waits us when we graduate from school. I wan to a president who is going to increase the employment of Americans so that we can live better lives.
It is key to promote democracy.
I want everyone to have the chance to be happy, and if that means that I have to get off my bum and vote, so be it.
Every vote counts.
In a country of about 300 million people, it's hard to believe in the importance of undecided voters, or one single vote. However, it's only the accumulation of votes that makes a difference, and at the very least voting represents YOUR beliefs about the issues.
I am voting because as a citizen living in an open society I am privileged to have the ability to voice my opinion about the direction morally, financially, and globally of this country. Voting is not merely about selection but about exercising, refreshing, and maintaining democracy. I am grateful to be involved in that process whenever I can.
I am voting because I believe voting is a privilege. I am blessed to live in a country where I CAN vote.
Because I have a voice
Because I can!
Because there are important Amendments up for the vote in MN and I want to vote NO. Having lived in solidly blue states my whole life, I am sad to have to vote on amendments that offend me so much, BUT it also means that my vote matters for the first time in 10 years!
To be an active member of my community.
To do what's right
Because every vote counts and I feel like it is necessary that I let my opinion be put into action towards something so important.
I am not going to be one of those people who complain about how things are and don't do anything about it.
It's important to be involved
I don't want to see my reproductive rights taken away. I'm voting because I want a president in office who will respect my bodily autonomy.
It's my duty as an American citizen, and it's an easy way to make my opinion count.
I consider it a civil duty.
exercising our right to vote is a charge mandated to every citizen and the means by which we can say we all have a voice.
The youth deserve fair representation, and we don't have it now.
I believe that if I want to play a role or a give a say, I must participate.
I want to vote on issues that will effect me, politics are much more relevant than many young adults know.
I want to vote so I can voice my opinion on subjects that I really care about.
I am voting because this is a democratic country and I want to use my legal responsibility to vote because I believe that God is no longer considered in so many political decisions, that I want to support what I believe He would want for this country.
electing right candidate is right thing to do for better tomorrow.
I'm voting because it is my duty as an American citizen!
Because I want a better tomorrow.
Beyond national politics, there are really important local initiatives that require my voice! Also, while I am disappointed with the political atmosphere in this country, I am not ready to opt out! I still have hope, so I vote.
It is my right and my duty as a citizen. I would feel awful, if I did not have the opportunity, and chance to elect the candidate of my choice.
I guess there was a time when democracy meant something to people. When voices, no matter how small, were somehow heard and made important. When politics meant making agreements and not arguing senselessly like upset children. I think we've become silent to the fact that our voices still matter and that despite the growing ignorance in our country, there are still people who are willing to make a difference. I'm not voting because I support politics, I'm voting because I believe I can make a difference.
It is a privilege and a right, which I will use to let my voice be heard.
It is a privilege, a right, and a responsibility.
I want my voice to be heard
I will exercise my right as a citizen to have my voice heard.
Democracy will always be under attack from tyranny and liberty can't defend itself.
I am going to vote because this election will affect my future one way or another. Therefore, I will vote to have my voice heard.
I'm going to vote so that discrimination isn't hard-wired into our state Constitution. If the marriage amendment is passed, it will take 2/3 of Minnesota voters to override it in the future -- no small feat.
Plus, I want friends of mine at church to be able to marry like I was able to.
To vote NO on both of the constitutional amendments. It's important that we protect ourselves from the homosexualization of America and prevent the democrats from stealing anymore elections through voting fraud.
I am voting so that my views are represented!
We're all in it together. And I'm included.
The right to vote is taken for granted in the United States. In countries with dictatorial rulers, citizens cannot vote for a leader. Being able to vote is a privilege as being an American.
Democracy works best when more voices are heard!
For me neither one of the candidates is my first choice but I want to vote because I do believe that every vote counts (besides the 2000 election anyway) and I want to do it also because I hope that just like myself, most students, workers, immigrants and just Americans in general will be smart enough to NOT vote for Romney on Nov.6th.
Because if one doesn't vote, one has no right to complain about the outcome or the election.
Even if its only 1 vote, I want my opinion to be heard.
While 1 vote doesn't seem in significant in and of itself. It is important to keep voter participation high. Higher voter participation limits the effects of small special interests and leads to broader consensus in the writing and enforcing laws.
Do your part. Vote and vote informed.
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I am voting because I want to protect my woman's rights and because I believe that equality is important.
I'm voting because there aren't that many young people who are involved in politics or who are informed, so I would like to represent the young people, and myself as a woman and minority as well. Also, I'm voting because I'm finally eligible to vote! So might as well take advantage and make use of my civil rights and responsibilities.
Aside from the presidential race, there are far too many important issues, such as the constitutional amendments, up for debate to just not vote. Everything affects everyone, whether or not you might think so. The basic tenets of democracy don't mean much if you don't participate.
I am voting because I want to participate in the political process, & influence policies that affect my own life and the lives of those around me.
In a year when divided party ideologies may take us in very different directions in terms of personal rights, the economy, and other important issues, I want to make sure that my voice is heard.
We are given the right to vote for a reason and I intend to exercise that right.
A vital reason to vote is because America seems to have two distinct methods of thought and it is important, especially for younger adults, to not let one way dominate the other when it is potentially harmful to them and their education.
We are fortunate in the US to have the right to vote and influence there's huge decisions while other countries don't have this.
Past generations fought for our right to vote, and it's our responsibility to exercise this right of the freedom to vote for whom we want to represent us.
One vote does make a difference, and I want my voice to be heard.
I'm voting because the issues matter.
The main reason that I am registering to vote is so that I can vote on November 6th, on Minnesota's marriage bill. I strongly believe that same-sex marriages ought to be considered legal and valid everywhere, and I am looking forward to supporting a cause that I believe so strongly in. I also want to be able to have a voice in what I believe my government ought to be doing.
I want to vote to voice my opinion as a citizen in hope to better my community.
Because, as a 20 year old college student, every decision made at the local, state, and national level of government has a gigantic impact on myself and my generation. My generation cannot be silenced in elections, we must voice our opinions and make sure our needs and wants are met as well. We cannot continue to let those who have already made something of themselves continue to push us around and ignore our voices. We cannot elicit change if we don't do our duty and vote.
I want to uphold my right to vote and be a responsible citizen.
Because it's my civic duty, but more importantly, I try to teach future teachers to be sociopolitically aware, so voting and engaging with electoral politics is one way I can "walk the talk."
My opinion matters
I'm voting solely to support marriage equality.
I care about this country
This election will affect me as a young professional in the coming years, so I will make my voice heard!
I care about our country
I am voting for two reasons:
1. I am voting to protect my right to vote and many others right to vote next elections. I am voting to defeat a costly and disenfranchising amendment.
2. I am voting so I can complain later about the government and whatever it does wrong. Imagine a customer of Wall-mart going to Target and complaining to them about their jobs. It would be oxymoron and the something applies to government, they will please their costumers(voters)not you who didn't have a say at all.
One cannot complain if one does not vote
I am voting to keep education a high priority in America so that we as a country are competitive with the rest of the world technologically and economically.
I'm voting because I want my state constitution to reflect my state as I know it. As a gay person, I have never gotten the impression that my neighbors feel threatened by me or think that my family or my relationships are inferior to theirs. Minnesotans treat their neighbors the way they would want to be treated. The constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples does not reflect the Minnesota I know, and I have faith that if every eligible voter in Minnesota voted, it would be defeated.
As someone who has homosexual friends, co-workers, and neighbors, I can't sit by while the rights of the people I love are attacked. Voting against this bill and voting for people who I believe will protect and acknowledge everyone's rights as human beings is one of the few ways I can show that I stand beside my loved ones no matter what anyone else may say.
I am voting because my husband is in the military and I care about who his boss will be (the president). I care about the man who will be in charge of my best friend's life. I care about who will be running our country.
I'm voting because I believe that our generation is the generation that is ready to make a change. Our voices deserve to be heard.
I am voting because Minnesota isn't allowed to make it completely illegal for homosexuals to get married. We are Minnesota nice! So now it's we are Minnesota nice to you...if you're straight. Also no offense to conservatives but Romney isn't too intelligent and is absolutely not ready to be president.
I am voting because I want my voice to be heard on the issues I care about. If I don't exercise my right to vote and tell politicians what I want, then there is nothing holding them accountable.
Although disillusionment with our government is running rampant, we must all remember that we have the ultimate say. I am voting because the issues at stake -- gay marriage, voter ID, budgeting, health care, & more -- are too important to allow my vote to be lost.
Because voter referendums should not be used to limit the rights of a minority
It is our civic duty to be informed and vote in all elections. To be an integral part of the political process is something worth taking advantage of! Vote for the change you want to see in the world!
I want to voice my opinion and participate in making decisions in our country.
Because we have been given the privilege live in a democracy where what we think can be voiced and taken into account by our leaders making it our responsibility to our country to vote. I want to take part in our future and care about the major issues.
Because I am invested in the issues at hand this year.
People need to vote and voice their opinion. Democracy only works when many people come together to have a say. I'm voting for what I believe in. I'm voting because my voice matters and this election will change America. It's time to be a part of history and not sit idly by while it happens.
Women need to pay attention to policies that affect us and vote!!
Participation in the civic process!
I am voting to have my voice and opinion heard. There are many places where this isn't allowed and it is important to use the rights you have!
I am voting because i'm 18 years old, so I might as well excercise my new right to vote.
I am voting because it is important to have a say in how our country is run, and what sorts of decisions are being made.
Because my vote makes a difference!
I will vote because I have the privilege to do so.
I'm voting because I can. Because voting is dangerous - look around the world, and you can see people laying down their lives for what we take for granted, a ballot bathed in blood. Because not voting is disrespectful to their sacrifices, and those of our ancestors. Because I want my voice to be raised up out of the din and become one of many in a rip-tide sea of sound. I'm voting because voting is power, and power belongs to the people. One word and an exclamation mark: VOTE!
I will vote this coming election for how we decide on issues today, wont affect the people that are older than us and statistically are more involved in politics, it will affect our future lives.
I will vote because I have ancestors who fought for my freedom to have a say in my government and I am not going to waste that freedom.
In America we are free. We have the rights! Let's use them!
I am voting because I believe that it is the right thing to do. Voting is a way to speak my mind and for my voice to be heard. I am voting because I want better future for me as well as the people I care for (family and friends). Also, I just want to experience voting for the first time! :)
So the right to marry is available for all and to protect voter/ID rights.
Because voting gives me the liberty and right to critique what I feel is not being done properly in America.
because I've actually noticed benefits of Obama being president. therefore, I feel compelled to vote this election.
It is my duty as a citizen of the United States of 'Merica!
I am part of Generation Y, which has a large portion of the vote. My generation will, in a sense, be deciding who our future leaders will be and I would like to be apart of that process. I am honored to be able to vote.
I value our democratic society that allows me to take part in the governance of country. It is an honor to be able to vote.
I'm voting because I have realized that my vote does count, and things that I care about will not happen without stepping up and showing my support.
I am voting because it's the very first election I CAN vote in! I missed the last one by just a few months, and I'm ready for my voice to count!
I am voting because I believe it makes a difference. I want to be the person determining my future and even though its a small contribution, it is my duty as a citizen of the United States to vote on what I think is right and take hold of my future. We are who we let ourselves to be.
I am voting because it is my right as an adult in this country. I can finally have a say in the controversial topics that plaque this country, and that means a lot to me.
I am voting because my viewpoints are similar to the viewpoints of a particular candidate. My hopes are to have a future that has laws that provides the most peace and equality to this countries communities.
I want to vote to support laws that encourage health insurance and educational opportunities to everyone.
I am voting because I believe in the equal rights of all people. Just because a person has preferences different from the "norm" doesn't mean that they are any less of a person, or are entitled to less rights than anyone else.
My ancestors fought for the right to vote so that their children could be equal citizens. Also, woman fought for the right to vote and I will honor them this November by exercising this right and thanking them.
I will vote because other people have fought for me to have the right to vote, therefore it is my responsibility to stay informed and exercise that right.
I will vote because I want to make sure that laws are being passed to help preserve our environment and resources.
I will vote because I believe in equal rights for everyone. I will vote because I know that if I don't let my voice be heard, I could be standing by as acts of injustice are committed upon my friends and neighbors. I will vote because I care about my future, and the future of those around me.
I'm voting because the marriage amendment is hurtful and unconstitutional and should not be passed.
This is one of the first elections in which I feel informed enough to constructively participate and I'm excited to be able to actively take part in the democratic process. Also, I feel strongly about the two amendments on our state ballot and feel the need to cast my vote.
I'm voting because if Romney wins, I'm moving to Canada. And also to vote no on both the marriage and voter i.d. amendments.
I have never voted before and this is the first presidential election I will be able to! I think in order to democracy to continue, citizens should take advantage of voting.
I want to voice my opinion and fulfill my duty as a citizen.
Everyone in this country has a say in who gets elected and that say is voting!
I'm voting to be a part of the process that is the foundation of our democracy.
I'm an American and I want to play a role in our future!
Because every vote matters.
Because it is our right and responsibility! Let our voices to be heard!
I vote because it is my responsibility as a citizen of the US.
Because it's important and it can make a difference.
I live in this country so I need to have a voice. I want to I have a say in what takes place in my country. Everyone should vote and it is very important for young people to vote.
This is my first year of voting, and I will vote, because I believe my voice can be heard.
I will vote because it represents my beliefs, and my beliefs matter.
I will be voting so my voice is heard.
I'll be voting because it's my privilege and responsibility as a citizen.
I am voting because I want to make our government and the country better as a whole.
Haven't voted yet but ready to make my voice heard!
I will vote because I want the BWCA, Yellowstone, and other protected wilderness areas to be around for my son when he's my age!
I will vote! I'm looking forward to it!
Because everyone should vote!
I vote because I can make a difference!
Voting is an important part of democracy!