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Don't Take Voting for Granted

By Jon Friedman
Monday, 05 Nov 2012 09:33 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Yeah, yeah, I agree. It's a pain in the neck to have to disrupt your schedule to cast a vote even in a presidential election. You have to stand on a long line, flanked by neighbors you don't know and don't really care about, either.

You arrive late for work, possibly cursing the dunderheads in line in front of you who didn't even know how to pull the lever! They can drive you mad, you know?
 
But it is well worth all of the aggravation, believe me. Implore you readers to take the time and get down to the voting booth on Tuesday, for however long it might take, to do your civic and American duty.

Cast a vote in the election. It is up to you — and should remain your business, if you prefer — to vote for which candidate you like best without sharing that personal information.
 
I reached these conclusions honestly. For a week I couldn't get home to New York City because of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. I, like the rest of the nation, followed the awful event on television news shows and by reading websites.

The airlines, of course, were helpless, too. It's hard to feel sympathy for the airlines, though. Take it from me. The airlines didn't help me much.
 
I got kind of lucky, actually. I as stuck in Los Angleles — and yes, there are worse places to be hiding out. I could do my job. I originally went out there to promote my book, "Forget About Today," and I accomplished that objective as well. All in all, I had absolutely nothing to complain about.
 
Naturally, I missed the comforts of home and my city. But what really worried me, at first, was the possibility that I might not be able to get home in time to vote in the presidential election. I have voted in every one since I became eligible.

Whether my candidate won or lost, it matters most that I participated in the American way of life. In that case, I have totally lucked out.
 
Jon Friedman writes the Media Web column for MarketWatch.com. Click here to read his latest column. He is also the author of "Forget About Today: Bob Dylan's Genius for (Re)invention, Shunning the Naysayers and Creating a Personal Revolution," which is now available. Read more reports from Jon Friedman — Click Here Now.


 



 

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Yeah, yeah, I agree. It's a pain in the neck to have to disrupt your schedule to cast a vote even in a presidential election. You have to stand on a long line, flanked by neighbors you don't know and don't really care about, either.
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