Re: Voting helps homeless? Do you vote? Why or why not?

Mike Steindel (CLaw7MAn@webtv.net)
Sat, 30 Oct 1999 16:49:05 -0700 (PDT)


Yes I do vote. 
By voting I am able to send a message to candidates that I am involved
in the election process. I want them to know that I am not asleep at the
wheel and that I know about the legislation they have passed or are
promising to pass. I feel that by not voting you send the message that
either you feel all is well or you don't care what they do.

No voting is not enough to gain all the goals. Letter writting to
newspapers and to the candidates is an important part of the process as
well. Joining the Democratic or Republican or 3rd parties such as the
Reform or Libertarian Party is important because then you are counted as
a constituent. Going to city council meetings and voicing your opinions
on local ordinances helps also. To be counted in the political process
you have to be registered to vote.

The Mayor of a city is much more likely to pressure the police to act
responsibly when registered voters sign petitions requesting citizen
review boards. Next time the cops ask for more money vote it down. There
are more unregistered voters of voting age than there are registered
voters. The potential for real change is out there. Elections in many
cases are being decided by less than 25 percent of the people that are
being governed.