Nurse Power - Get Out And Vote!

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    The purpose of this article is to encourage nurses and nursing students to get out the vote. Every vote matters. To vote is to exercise your constitutional right, maintain the democratic process, and ensure that your voice gets heard. Get out the vote!

    For starters, an individual is eligible to vote if he or she is a citizen of the United States who is at least 18 years of age, and has not been deemed legally incompetent or placed under a type of guardianship in which the right to vote has been revoked by court order.

    Furthermore, many states have placed limits on the voting rights of individuals who have felony convictions on their criminal records. If you are interested, feel free to click on the link below to view a map of the states that have limited or banned the rights of people with felony convictions to vote.
    Map Of State Felony Disenfranchisement Laws

    I have compiled a list that contains various nonpartisan reasons on why you, the reader, should get out and cast your vote. Without further delay, you should cast your vote on Election Day because...

    * If you are a nursing student, you have a large stake in this election. Financial aid, tuition, credit protections, and your future occupation are all impacted by the decisions that elected officials make.

    * If you are a nurse, you have a huge stake in this upcoming election because our profession is affected by the decisions that elected officials make.

    * Voting is a constitutional right of all citizens of the U.S.

    * People have died in the past for your right to vote.

    * Each citizen of this country who is 18 years of age or older has a civic duty to vote.

    * We are fortunate to live in a country where our basic right to vote is not obstructed by violent tactics or coercion.

    * Some people who participate in organized religion feel it is their sacred right and religious duty to vote.

    * Voting causes your voice to be heard when, in other circumstances, it would have been drowned out.

    * Voting enables the average citizen to participate in the democratic process.

    * Elected politicians help make the choices that directly impact our futures.

    * If you are any other type of healthcare worker, you have a stake in this upcoming election.

    * If you are a military service member or have a loved one who is serving this country, you have a stake in this election.

    * Those of you who are parents are displaying civic responsibility to your children when you cast your vote.

    Regardless of your political affiliation, beliefs on social issues, or geographic location, your vote matters. Do not allow anyone to tell you that your vote will not count due to the Electoral College or some other reason. So, what are you waiting for? Get out the vote!
    Last edit by Joe V on Nov 5, '12
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  3. by   Staragate
    I made this meme yesterday. Do you really want guys like this to decide for you?
  4. by   thatFabUlousChic
    Re-elect President Obama! I'm a nurse and I approved this message! Reinstalling Obama's administration! ████████████████████▒ 95% complete.
  5. by   Brian
    Please take a minute to vote in our own non-scientific nursing poll:

    Our members called it correctly the last 2 elections.
  6. by   amygarside
    Let your voice be heard, go out and vote!
  7. by   TheCommuter
    I'm preparing to leave the house in a few minutes to cast my vote. After all, the polling place is a church located in the subdivision where I live, and it's less than a mile away.

    I've never voted in a presidential election before, so the sight of a ballot is new to me. Wish me luck, people!
  8. by   TheCommuter
    Okay. . .I just returned from the local polling place. After displaying my voter registration card and signing in, it only took five minutes to cast an electronic ballot. The county where I live offers voters the choice of electronic voting or an old-fashioned paper ballot, but I chose the electronic method.
  9. by   nkirkseylpn
    Voted today, now awaiting the results