Monday, November 10, 2014

Accolades for Veterans Who Vote

Good News for Vets 

Overall Voter turnout in 2014 was the lowest since WWII --- only 36% voted! 
But, for the 19.6 million military veterans in the United States at last count, the voting record has been MUCH BETTER!
  • "Just 36.4 percent of the voting-eligible population cast ballots as of last Tuesday [2014], continuing a steady decline in midterm voter participation that has spanned several decades." The Washington Post
  • Even in the last presidential election (2012) only 58 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.
  • 14.7 million of the 19.6 million veterans voted in the 2012 election 75% of all veterans.
  • In the 2010 congressional [midterm] election. Fifty-seven percent of veterans voted compared with 45.5 percent of all U.S. citizens 18 years and older.

Why Veteran Voting Matters so much (recent, little examples)

Remember this insulting government shutdown?
  •  Aged vets on Honor Flights deprived of their once-in-their-lifetime opportunities (WWII)

    The political insult to our fathers or grandfathers has been returned in kind by the 2014 recent elections. Ungrateful veterans voted some of those responsible for the abrupt national park closure out of office. 
Remember Congress's voting to cut military pensions?
  • Molten Eagle said (17 JAN 2014), "Targeting military pensions is so outragious that I am almost certain it is just the latest tactic of congressional leaders to deceive voters."
  • And we were correct (12 February 2014): Congress votes to repeal military pension cuts 
We still do our duty by voting! 

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At 11 November, 2014 00:24, Blogger Pete said...

Hi Vigilis

I'm glad to say voting is compulsory in Australia for all elections - Federal, State and Local (county).

Its a responsibility of citizens in our democracy.



At 14 November, 2014 15:20, Blogger Vigilis said...

Hi Pete
Thank you for the information on countries with a compulsory voting requirement.

Of the 11 cited by Wikipedia the only one I previously knew about had been Australia.



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