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Voting is NOT a responsibility, it is a RIGHT for citizens of the United States of America! In this country you have the right, or choice, to vote or not to vote. There are places in this world where you can't vote or you vote for who they say. I am proud to live in a country where you have this right/choice!J. Michael Douglasat 9:47 PM
Medical marijuana amendment fails coming in 2.6% short in the state of Florida while legalized possession in DC is on track to pass by a wide margin.Claytonat 9:47 PM
Moulton just sent out a victory email in the 6th CongressionalDanat 9:45 PM
Millennials are a key but elusive voting group in 2014. If we show up, we'll definitely swing various races. 46.5 millennials are eligible to vote this year, and the entire generation will be of voting age by 2020. Our big issues? College affordability, civil rights, and marijuana legalization. I predict we'll see higher turnout in the 3 states that have pot on the ballot.Matthew Segalat 6:35 PM
Takeaways so far - encouraging to see Shaheen beat out Scott Brown in New Hampshire, especially after his calims that "Radical Islamic terrorists are threatening to cause the collapse of our country" - that said - seeing more voters cite "foreign policy" and "national security" as important issues in exit poll is also encouraging seeing as how Obama has certainly been stumbling (to say the last) for last few years when it comes to foreign policy and specifically the war in Syria and battling ISIS. Also, happy to see Tim Scott - the first black Senator elected in the south since reconstruction - win!Ahmed Shihab-Eldinat 7:02 PM
It's Election Day! (again). The truth is I love Election Day, even when my candidates lose because the people get to have their say and I can't imagine a better way to do government. We get to elevate someone who is walking around like the rest of us trying to hail cabs, and yelling at the TV to a position of power. Then when it's over they go back to the taxi line. I wish my Democrats good luck, but more than that I wish the country good fortune and good leadership. Happy Election Day everybody!Jamal Simmonsat 6:40 PM
Voters are casting ballots for the very candidates they blame for a lousy economy and declining national prestige.
Exit polls make clear that a stagnant economy remains voters’ biggest concern, yet voters are sending the same policymakers they blame for the nation’s problems back to Washington. Associated Press exit polls show that more than one third of people who voted Republican say they are angry or disappointed with Republican leadership in Congress. One-fourth of Democratic voters are fed up with President Obama and his fellow Democrats. This means a decisive portion of the electorate is basically voting for the same lousy performance they’ve been getting from Washington.
There are two obvious explanations. First, voters think that as bad as their favored candidate might be, the opposing candidate has to be worse. Fault a rigid two-party system that hogs all the money and leaves virtually no room for viable third- (or fourth-) party candidates. Second, voters aren’t doing what they say they want to do—bring about change. They’re hoping change comes from someplace other than the voting booth and fixes problems that are beyond institutional repair. Those two phenomena combined leave many voters little choice but to perpetuate a political system they disdain.