Voting is a way of exercising patriotism

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  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    Oct. 29, 2012 1:45 p.m.

    This is fueled by a Mormon running for president, I don't think it has much to do with a new found sense of duty and enthusiasm for the democratic process.

    Utah has incredibly low voter turnout because you know the (R) is going to get elected no matter what, so why even bother? The real action happens in the Republican primaries, but that has even more abysmal turnout, kind of ironic I think, because that's where the person is really elected in this state.

    This year I voted for 3rd party candidates wherever I didn't have a strong feeling for either the Republican or Democrat. It's not much but at least I felt better about sending a message that we need more than 2 options.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 7:01 p.m.

    I do agree with the premise of this article. Unfortunately the "two party system" is often a way of saying "I live you better than your opponent but I wish there was someone else".

    I'm glad more people are voting and hope that third party candidates will be considered too, where they exist. (Whether they do or not sadly takes some research). This isn't wasting your vote; wasting your vote is voting for someone you prefer but don't really want - what many of us do much of the time.

    Pragmatically your man doesn't usually get in without an R or a D next to their name, but you minimally register a protest against the "two choices only" system; a sizeable vote for a third party will indicate to politicians, if they haven't already got the message, that thy are but the lesser of two evils and maybe they should hearken to their constitutents once in a while or they might end up at the Department of Workforce Services, instead of sitting in a nice suit in an historic building with ace benefits and elite retirement awaiting you.

    Things will change sooner or later.

  • Salsa Libre Provo, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 6:31 p.m.

    Voting is encouraged only if you vote Republican. Democrats and Independents need not apply. Isn't this the Tea Party (Republican) position on voting.

    If only everyone who was allowed to vote and could vote would vote, what a great thing. However, the Republican Party, in order to maintain it's power, finds ways to circumvent voting rights and manipulate elections.

  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 2:22 p.m.

    Except in states where repubs are mandating voter suppression.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 10:07 a.m.

    The act of voting sends a message to the unscrupulous politicians in our government that they have not yet completely stomped out the embers of the fire called democracy. And that someday the people will be able to control their government as alluded to in the American Constitution.

  • Roland Kayser Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 28, 2012 12:08 a.m.

    For the first time in history, Utah citizens have a chance to vote for a Mormon presidential candidate. That's what fueling the increased turnout, not a new-found sense of civic obligation.