Friday, September 7, 2012

You Know What's More Interesting Than What the Candidates' Wives Are Wearing? Anything.

I also don't care what color nail polish they're wearing.
Today I saw my millionth headline about what Ann Romney and Michelle Obama have been wearing. Really, people? Don't we all have more pressing issues?

Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Romney are both very intelligent, capable women. I'm far more interested in their causes than their clothes. You can check out my post on Babble today: This Just In: I Don't Give a Crap What Michelle Obama and Ann Romney Are Wearing for a little more ranting and to find out about what they'd both do with the very visible position of being First Lady.

But of course, neither Michelle Obama nor Ann Romney is running for office. On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, we'll elect either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama as President.

I don't care who you vote for.

I mean, I do, but mostly, I just want you to vote.

If you're not registered to vote, you can register to vote using the form on the right column of my blog. The registration gadget is paid for by the Barack Obama campaign, but the form allows you to register as any party, or no party.

If you don't know where to vote, you can use the League of Women Voter's nonpartisan website, SmartVoter, to find your polling place. Not only will it tell you your voting location, but it will tell you all the races this year for your district.

SmartVoter also answers all kinds of questions about voting, and as we get closer to the election, it'll have very clear info on where each candidate stands on every major issue. No fluff, no sound bites, just what you need.

Many states now require a photo ID when you go to vote. To find out what, if any, ID requirements your state has, you can visit the National Conference of State Legislatures website hereYou don't need to be a driver to get a state-issued ID card. Every state issues non-driver's license photo identification cards -- usually they're issued at the DMV or wherever people get driver's licenses in your state.

Women fought to gain the right to vote in 1920. In 2008, 66 percent of eligible women actually voted, according to the CDC. And even though that's kinda lame, it gets worse:

Of women age 25 to 44 who were registered, about 64 voted. But so many of those women aren't even registered, only 55 percent of women 25-44 who could have voted, did.

Look, ladies. I know you're busy. I know you're up to your eyeballs, in fact. But taking your kids to the polls is actually a really fun, free activity.

To be able to vote in November, the deadline to register to vote is October 26. 


  1. Thank you so much! I didn't think I could register my son because he does not have a license. He's all set now. What a great favor you've done for us! I really appreciate it.

  2. Also pay attention to the local school boards and township office elections. They have the ability to affect our daily lives more then national politicians at time.

  3. I vote! I also found an interesting quiz to see which candidate your views align with more.

  4. Thank you! Out here in Oregon we're celebrating the centennial of women getting the right to vote in this state (1912!) and it's shocking how little people think about how much we fought to have this right that so many people squander!

  5. SRMM - great advice and terrific links for any situation in which your readers find themselves. I'm bookmarking several of them. Also, agree wholeheartedly on the silly fashion competition; these women have fine brains, let's learn something about them.

  6. Thanks for the PSA! I'd like to add that in some places if an ID is required to vote, you can obtain a government issued ID for free at the DMV. Normally there is a charge, but if you tell them this is so you can vote they should waive it*. (This is because requiring you to pay for an ID is the equivalent of a poll tax.)


    *I can't speak to whether this is true in all 50 states, but this wikipedia may help:

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