Election Day Post and Open Thread

So, this morning I’m off to vote and then spend nine straight hours working for Get Out The Vote, doing whatever they need me to do. I don’t live in a swing state, but I do care about the senate and congressional races, as well as the gubernatorial race and local races. I honestly think these races get ignored too often.

Politically, I am a social democrat. This means I don’t really have a political party in this country, or at least not one large enough to have a lot of influence at this point. Given that the Democratic Party comes the closest to my political views, and the fact that the Republican Party has gone off the rails on a number of issues lately, it should be pretty obvious which candidates I end up pulling for.

This year the issues I feel most deeply about include women’s reproductive rights, marriage equality, healthcare, and the separation of church and state. I also care deeply about reforming and improving our nation’s social safety net, and about some things that rarely get mentioned, such as reforming our justice and prison systems.

It should come as no surprise that I will be voting for Barack Obama. I voted for him four years ago as well, and believe me, that was quite the step at the time!

So. Go vote! And then come back here and talk politics. 😛

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