Life Arts

Count My Vote

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

Become a Fan
  (30 fans)
Through AlterNet Books' website, I purchased a book they have just published. It's written by Steven Rosenfeld, co-author of "What Happened in Ohio: Record of Theft and Fraud in the 2004 Election." This new book is titled "Count My Vote: A Citizen's Guide to Voting." For those who are old hands at voting, there is useful information concerning each state's voting laws, with pending legislation which may apply after 2008. Each state's page includes internet addresses for where the information was found. 1) The first chapter deals with the basics of finding the correct precinct. It is the duty of the voter to register. Gives advice of when and how to apply for a voter card. Many states require a lead time before an election. Best to get card early and then check list before the day to vote. (State pages come in handy for application forms and deadline dates.) 2) Students who live in one state and vote from college in a different one have special decisions to make. A whole chapter is devoted to them and to other first-time voters. Absentee voting is involved. 3) Absentee voting and early voting takes a chapter. Here questions involving such voters as overseas residents, the military, veterans in VA hospitals, shutins, etc, have more rules spelled out. 4) Chapter 4 is dedicated to the capturing and recording of votes. It involves the kind of machines, instructions on their use. and how tallies are usually made. The official tally is not made on election night. 5) The last chapter touches on activities broader than the actual casting of a ballot. Getting involved can include recruiting others to register, and organizing in neighborhoods. I found the book a handy reference tool. First, to make sure that I look up changes in my state's rules. Also it reminds me that going to the polls to choose a candidate is somewhat like going to the chapel to say "I do." Each involves first steps. After that, comes the notion of long-term commitment. For those new to voting, I hope this is information which you can use either as a person wanting to register or for those in the process of trying to organize others to vote. And for those who make voting a part of advanced study, it would please me greatly if you would comment on how I helped (or didn't) in covering a subject we discuss often on OEN.


Margaret Bassett passed away August 21, 2011. She was a treasured member of the editorial team for four years.

Margaret Bassett--OEN editor--is an 89-year old, currently living in senior housing, with a lifelong interest in political philosophy. Bachelors from State University of Iowa (1944) and Masters from Roosevelt University (1975) help to unravel important requirements for modern communication. Early introduction to computer science (1966) trumps them. It's payback time. She's been "entitled" so long she hopes to find some good coming off the keyboard into the lives of those who come after her.

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Making It In America

Speaking of the Unspeakable

Thank you, Ann Wright and Susan Dixon

Whatever Became of Dick Cheney?

How are you making out?

British Petroleum and Macondo Well


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
5 people are discussing this page, with 11 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

I gotta trust your take on the book, Margaret, whi... by Rady Ananda on Tuesday, Aug 12, 2008 at 8:12:20 PM
The question is not, dear Rady, to not or not to v... by Brent Turner on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 12:55:35 AM
The question is not, dear Rady, to not or not to v... by Brent Turner on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 12:56:20 AM
See, that's how I am. I just come alive every ... by Margaret Bassett on Tuesday, Aug 12, 2008 at 9:04:14 PM
I just ordered a book called "Uncounted"... by E. E. Jordan on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 2:47:59 AM
I used to think it was useless to vote. That chang... by Tony Forest on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 6:04:05 AM
My "little book" is a how-to, not a whet... by Margaret Bassett on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 9:23:52 AM
not voting is not equivalent to quitting. I'm ... by Tony Forest on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 9:37:07 AM
I have the AZ page in front of me and of course it... by Margaret Bassett on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 10:00:59 AM
on a county level. Maybe I gave up too easily. May... by Tony Forest on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 1:42:43 PM
Are you likely to run into challenges this year? ... by Margaret Bassett on Wednesday, Aug 13, 2008 at 1:55:36 PM