If You Don’t Vote It Counts

24 August 2013 in For Political Participation | Comments (0)

For many years the slogan “if you don’t vote, you don’t count” has been used to encourage voting.  However, even if you don’t vote it counts and here’s one example of how.

In the 2010 elections, Republicans took over the state government in Pennsylvania because many Democrats didn’t vote.  Then having won, the Republicans determined the areas that would elect Congresspersons Pennsylvania.  The Republicans who took over in 2010 created areas for Congresspersons that created 13 Republican and 5 Democratic Congresspersons even though Pennsylvania has 1 million more Democrats than Republicans.  That’s right, Republicans have more than double the representatives in Congress, even though they are far outnumbered in Pennsylvania.

Then having increased their power, Republicans used their numbers to cut education and social services, limit voting rights, prevent investments in jobs and infrastructure and prevent fair taxation of the rich.

How did that happen?  Many Democrats who voted in 2008 for Barack Obama, didn’t vote in 2010 when Republicans did.  Republicans used their new power to increase it.  Let’s be clear.  If you don’t vote it counts.


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