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The A&E Report: A Vote Against Non-Voters

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Okay, we all remember what happened in Florida in 2000, and it didn't make our voting process look very solid. A lot of people came away with the impression that their votes aren't counted properly, if at all, and that none of it matters anyway because no election will ever come down to a margin of just one vote, and if it's anywhere within a few thousand, it's just going to get decided by the Supreme Court anyway, and we all know how they're going to vote. And you know what? That sucks. It sucks that our elections can't be perfect, and it sucks that some people are losing faith in democracy, and it totally sucks that the Electoral College makes some people's vote count more than others'. But voting is still important, because taking our country's freedoms for granted is the ultimate in arrogance and entitlement.

We here at LAist are constantly amazed to learn who among our friends and acquaintances chooses not to exercise their right to vote. Nothing makes us madder than an apathetic jerk — not even those right-wing kooks cynically using bigoted ballot measures to bring Republicans to the polls. At least they realize the value of voting. This election is a choice between two very different men with starkly contrasting ideologies at a crucial time in our nation's — and the world's — history. If you don't have an opinion, get one. Put down the joystick, turn off "Aqua Teen Hunger Force," skip the breakfast at the Urth Café, and read a newspaper or something. Really, it's that important. We're not even going to tell you whom to vote for right now, just vote.

We'll spare you the bleeding-heart lecture about how many people fought and died for your right to vote, and how many people around the world are still fighting for a right you take for granted blah blah blah. If you didn't listen in eight-grade civics class, you're not going to listen to us. But for the record, none of the following are valid reasons not to vote: