I’ve been looking around trying to find out the best “ticker” for tracking election results, and it seems that MSNBC might have one of the best out there. Nice thing is they have widgetized it so that I can embed it here for you. Enjoy!
This election is going to be historical for reasons beyond Obama being the first African-American Presidential candidate. This election is going to be historical because of the passion that it has raised in America and how many people have returned to the battle cry “Vote!” Unfortunately, for some large corporations, it’s also going to be a reminder that no good deed goes unpunished.
Starbucks, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, to name a few, have all offered incentives to voters just to vote – to do their patriotic duty. Unfortunately, some state laws consider these incentives illegal. Georgia, for example, has it written into their law:
“Any person who gives or receives, or offers to give or receive, or participates in the giving or receiving of money or gifts for the purpose of registering as a voter, voting, or voting for a particular candidate in any primary or election shall be guilty of a felony.”
I went out this morning bright and early, thinking that there would be lines, and walked right up to the booth to cast my vote. I knew how I was going to vote on almost everything and my last minute decisions were for council members where I didn’t really have an opinion anyway. Got my sticker and encourage you to do the same – get out and vote – don’t regret later that you haven’t.
By all accounts, Barack Obama is a new-comer in politics and lacks any real experience in government. Some say this makes him a bad candidate. Most established politicians say this makes him unqualified. Not surprisingly, the majority of Americans seem to have their own opinion on whether Barack Obama is qualified and capable of running the United States of America.
Yet, there are others, that feel differently but are still voting for Barack. A die-hard democrat, grade school teacher that I talked to told me that she isn’t voting for Obama because he’s qualified or the right person to lead the country; she’s voting for Obama because she doesn’t want to see McCain/Palin in office and a yes vote for Obama is a no vote for McCain.
Interesting perspective to say the least, but looking at the records it begs the question of how many Americans are feeling the same way – as though neither candidate is outstanding, but the one they’ve picked is the lesser of two evils and ultimately who they’re going to vote for. It’s definitely a sad day for America when voting Americans aren’t voting for who they want to see in office but against who they don’t.