Five hundred and thirty seven.
That’s the number of votes that decided the 2000 election. And if you don’t go to the polls today, we could see the same sort of razor-thin margins here in Ohio.
If you or anyone else you know needs a reminder about what President Obama has done for us, and what’s at stake here, take a look at the following list…
25 reasons from 25 people who are voting Obama:
1. “The Affordable Care Act is saving my daughter’s life.”
2. “Obama is for the vets. He helped us wind down in Iraq, he’s improved mental health policy with VA benefits.”
3. “Obama stuck his neck out for us, the auto industry. He wasn’t going to let it just die, and I’m driving in this morning because of that, because of him.”
4. “Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.”
Joe Biden, Delaware
5. “Supreme Court Supreme Court Supreme Court.”
Bill Clinton, New York
7. “He cares for the 100 percent.”
8. “When Obama came into office, he successfully renewed our country’s place in the community of nations, making cooperation in tackling the world’s challenges possible.”
Willis, North Carolina
9. “The actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid.”
Colin Powell, Virginia
10. “I was really very grateful to him for standing up for those kids who are having a really rough time out there because of their orientation.”
Jane Lynch, California
11. “For me, President Obama is our best choice because he has a vision of the United States as a place where we are all in this together.”
Bruce Springsteen, New Jersey
12. “He has a real plan for rescuing the economy that passes the ‘math’ test.”
13. “Having someone in office who understands how powerful our voice can be is very important.”
Jay Z, New York
14. “I am voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden because I can trust them to care for the middle class and restore the American dream.”
15. “The first measure he signed into law after becoming president was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — so a female high school counselor or physical education teacher can fight for equal pay for equal work.”
Connie Britton, California
16. “I believe in the America he wants for my grandchildren.”
17. “We need four more years of repair, of helping the middle class achieve a sustainable economy.”
James Taylor, North Carolina
18. “I’ve watched him fight for our country, stand by the middle class, the working class, the military, the education of our children, universal health care, women, the environment, and matters of national and domestic security.”
19. “The gifted 12-year-old I taught, whose parents were deported and left her here with her grandmother, will be allowed to stay and finish her education. She’s been in the U.S. since age one.”
Jamie, North Carolina
20. “I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.”
Michael Bloomberg, New York
21. “I have four children who are under 26 and able to stay on my health care plan. That’s been huge.”
22. “He’s fighting to defend and better Social Security and Medicare — because millions of Latino seniors rely on them.”
Cristina Saralegui, Florida
23. “Thanks to the President’s efforts to keep student loan rates low, I can expect to save nearly $1000 as I work to repay my student loans. And I don’t have too many of those, thanks to the Federal Pell Grant program.”
24. “It’s been wonderful to have President Obama as a champion for access to health care for all women in this country.”
Cecile Richards, New York
25. “Re-electing Barack Obama would lead to a stronger economic recovery than would be the case were Mitt Romney to win on November 6th.”
Jared Bernstein, Washington, D.C.
Today we are making a choice between two roads we can walk down.
One road leads to greater economic equality, more shared prosperity and opportunity, healthcare for all, good education and good jobs for everyone who wants them, a rational response to climate change, a more progressive and moderate Supreme Court, the overturning of Citizens United and the ability to rebuild our campaign finance reform system for cleaner elections, good relationships with our allies around the world, support for the ending of dictatorships and the beginning of new democracies, a fast transition to renewable energy, a more secure and environmentally sound food system, cleaner air and water, better public infrastructure and transportation, more bikeable and walkable urban areas, marriage equality, equality for women, racial equality, respect for the separation of church and state and the freedom of religion that only secular society can provide, sane regulation of Wall St, less violence and crime, more security, safety, and opportunity for all Americans.
The other road leads to economic and environmental collapse and the breaking down of our democracy as plutocracy strengthens its grip.
Here are two things you should do right away:
First: Make sure everyone you know has this link to confirm their polling place:
Second: We can’t afford to step back and hope others will make the difference. So once you vote today, keep going. Get on the phone, get online — all day long, there will be something you can do to help. It’s all right here:
In Ohio, the polls are open from 6:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M today. State Jon Husted, Governor John Kasich and the GOP have been hard at work to suppress the vote. We MUST turn out in full strength to overcome that suppression.
If you see any voting irregularities, call 855-VOTE-199 and help make sure everyone’s right to vote is protected.
Chances are, you won’t have any problems voting, but just in case you do, it’s important to be prepared. If your state has voter rolls and you’re not listed, the first thing to do is to make sure you’re at the right polling place. After you confirm that you are, you should demand a provisional ballot. Remember, your vote is your voice, and if you are an eligible, registered voter, you have the right to vote, whether or not a poll worker finds your name on the list or a political operative challenges your eligibility at the polls.
If you need legal help, you can call 1-866-OUR-VOTE toll-free. Report long lines or voting problems at OurVoteLive.org or via Twitter with hashtag #OVLReport. If possible, use your phone to video the situation or interview the person affected and submit the video to VideoTheVote.org, or post it to YouTube or Twitter tagged with #VideoTheVote.
You can request to vote on a paper ballot but if you chose to vote on a machine you can make sure the machine is recording your vote correctly by looking through the little plastic window on the machine where you can see the paper record of how you voted being counted. If the machine seems to run out of paper, take a photo or video and report the problem to poll workers and call the numbers I’ve listed.
Click on this link and then click on your county to get a candidates list to take to the polls. Republicans are better than Democrats at voting all the way down the ticket and the down ticket races really matter. Make sure you know who to vote for all the way down the ticket.
We are capable of so much when we are all in this together. Do all you can today so that no matter what happens you can say to yourself and everyone you care about, “I did all I could. No regrets.”
Story by Lauren Michelle Kinsey
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