If you forgot to wake up early and vote before work simply ask your employers if you can during the day. Children love pushing the buttons for you. Just remember to bring some hand sanitizer to use on their little hands after voting.
There are many reasons to vote today. According to the Daily News Online, people who consistently vote in elections are the ones to whom politicians give the most attention; they are the ones who are actively sought after, whose opinion matters most in elections. They are the decision-makers.
Nearly every politician has a list of targeted voters, based mostly on voting lists. It's simple math — they go where the votes are. It may sound cynical, but it's more like simple political science. If you are seeking to win, it makes sense to spend your time winning over those who persistently go to the polls.
How do you get on that list? You vote, in local elections, state elections, and presidential elections. Your voting matters. It empowers you.
Among the votes to watch today are a race for a Congressional seat, two governor's races, and a special issue vote on gay marriage.
One closely-watched race is for the Congressional seat representing New York’s 23rd district. The seat was vacated by Republican John McHugh, who was appointed by President Barack Obama to be Secretary of the Army. The Republican candidate, DeDe Scozzafava, bowed out of the race at the last minute and endorsed Democratic hopeful Bill Owens while the Conservative Party nominee is Douglas Hoffman.
In Maine a referendum known as "Question 1" will ask voters to decide whether to repeal a same-sex marriage law signed into law in May by Democratic Gov. John Baldacci that made such unions legal in the state.
The Virginia governor's post opened up after Governor Tim Kaine was named head of the Democratic National Committee. Polls have favored Republican former state attorney general Bob McDonnell over state senator Creigh Deeds, a Democrat.
In New Jersey, polls indicate that the gubernatorial race between incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine and his Republican challenger, Chris Christie, is a tight race.
Remember to bring the children along to vote, they love to push the buttons. During the day you can let kids vote by using a shoe box or paper bag. On scraps of paper write down two or three choices for snack and let the children put their vote in the box or paper bag.
If you are an American citizen and there is an election in your area did you remember to vote today?