Becka (miss_rynn) wrote,

Dear Americans

I have a very special favour to ask of the Americans out there that might be reading this. I know, I know, it's hardly my place, but I'm going to ask anyways.

I hear you have a presidential election coming up on November 4th this year. Well, actually, I know that you do. I know, because as a US-citizen living outside of the US, I've already voted in it. What I'd ask of you is simple: please, please, please vote.

It's not my place to suggest who you vote for, and frankly, I wouldn't want to do that anyway. It's your vote, it's your say, and it's you opinion. All I ask is that you actually go and vote, even if you don't think your vote is going to make any difference.

In Australia, voting for the Prime Minister is manditory*. This used to annoy me, because I usually don't give much of a damn about politics, and it seemed like such an inconvenience for me to go, wait in line, prove who I am, tick a box, and put a slip of paper in a box. But I sat down and thought about it, and realised that the thing with manditory voting is that it forces everyone to at least tick a box (even if they chose to do it wrong and invalidate their vote).

That means that the whole population of Australia has a say - especially the people who don't really care either way. That means that it's not just the extremists - from any political leaning - who have a say in how the country ends up being run. Because everyone in a country should have a say in how it is run, not just people with extreme points of view.

I know that people are going to yell at me about this post, telling me that what I've said above is wrong and that I'm ignorant and that I should keep these kinds of ideas to myself. I'll freely admit right here and now that I'm probably wrong, and that this is only my opinion, so you don't need to denegrate me for saying what I feel.

Just please... if you are an American citizen... please vote. It's kind of important.

* EDIT care of dalziel_86: We vote for a local member of parliament, an MP. The party that can get a majority of MPs gets to form government, and the leader of that party becomes the Prime Minister. Parties choose their leaders from among the members who've been elected as MPs.

We don't have an executive, though as a technical formality, the Governor-General represents the Queen as executive. The Governor-General is picked by the Prime Minister. The one and only time the Governor-General has ever exercised their power, it caused a huge uproar and a constitutional crisis. So, yeah, we pretty much don't have an executive.
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