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Get out the lurker vote!

Posted on Oct 24, 2008 by billsimmon in blogging, Digital Culture, filmmaking, funny, politics | 3 Comments

Hey fellow bloggers and web masters/mistresses,

This November 4th, let’s try not to add to the distractions. Instead of blogging, let’s help all those blog readers and lurkers remember their civic duties and encourage them to go out and vote. Instead of posting that funny anecdote about your experience at your polling place or that cute picture of your cat watching CNN, or your own (admittedly invaluable) commentary on the state of the election, just put up a friendly reminder to get the hell out there and vote. Ideally, we would all replace our blogs with the words “Go vote!” but perhaps just leaving a post at the top of your blog/website with a reminder is good enough.

Even if you’re not a U.S. blogger, if you think you have any sort of U.S. readership, this is good for you to do too. This election matters a lot to the entire world.

I’ve taken the liberty of making a little graphic that you are free to use, distribute or alter in any way…

This November 4th, shut up and vote.



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  1. Amen. But actually, bloggers can do more than tell people to vote, and the people being told to vote can do more than vote. The Obama campaign has field offices in all the states that matter, and they’re looking for volunteers right this very second. There’s also a nifty “Neighbor to Neighbor” feature on Obama’s website that makes it easy for you to get out the vote from the comfort of your own elitist living room.

  2. On October 24, 2008, billsimmon said:

    And amen to that. I was going for a more non-partisan message, but you’re absolutely right that citizens can get way more involved than merely voting — and not just at election time, but all year long. How about, “don’t blog, run for something!”

  3. On October 24, 2008, Spine said:

    “I was going for a more non-partisan message”

    I’m sorry, I have no idea what you’re talking about.

    : )

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