There’s an Occupy movement that all of you, particularly those who identify as “the 99%”, should partake in:

It’s called Election Day, and it’s happening right now.

If you’ve been engaged in any of the campouts across the nation, whether it be in front of a bronze bull or under a tree in Academy Park in dowtown Albany, then you owe it to yourself and your beliefs to be at your local polling place today. Because you can occupy whatever you want for however long you like, but if you’re not where you need to be when it matters, then what’s the damn point?

Make all the excuses you want – it’s an off year, there aren’t any federal elections, our gripe isn’t with our Mayors, these elections don’t matter. It’s all bunk. Democracy begins in your back yard. If you can’t be bothered to have a voice and take part in the most important elections – the ones that most directly affect your day to day life – then your quarrel should be with internal factors in addition to the 1%. Occupy the voting booth.


5 Responses to Occupy the Voting Booth

  1. GenWar says:

    ya, but you still haven’t told me WHO to vote for.

  2. Anonymous says:

    voting. what a concept.

  3. J. Eric Smith says:

    I saw a blogger recommending that people go to the voting booth and use the write-in section to put “Occupy [Your City Here]” on the ballots . . . allegedly to send a signal, or a message, or something. It’s been a long time since I can remember seeing such a stupid suggestion made in the name of public policy and discourse . . .

  4. Roz Nella Cucina says:

    You’re so right, Kevin.

    This kills me. Women have had the right to vote for less than a century, and even less than a half-century ago a segment of our population was still being frightened away from the polls. In other countries, people are still fighting for this right.

    Yet, it’s necessary for you to write a post like this.

  5. Chris says:

    I don’t know if anyone’s said the federal thing as an excuse, but that would be a REALLY stupid excuse. The local ones are the ones you have the most say in and the most direct effect on your life. If you’re going to skip an election, the local one isn’t it. It’s the federal ones that I get all “whatever” about, because that’s where you start running into the whole issue of money and influence over politicians that the Occupy movement is all about.

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