Barack Obama wanted me to remind y’all that the voter registration deadline for Texas is this Monday, October 6. You can register and find more information at voteforchange.com.
“But Greg,” I hear you say, “why even bother? It’s not like my vote matters here in the Lone Star State!” Good point, hypothetical friend, but here’s why you should anyway:
- The presidential election is merely one of many races on the ballot in November. Senator Cornyn (boo) is up for re-election (vote Noriega!). If you live in my congressional district, TX-10 (you probably don’t), Larry Joe Doherty has a shot at being our new congressperson. There are also judges, state senators, etc., etc., and even if you don’t agree with me on who to vote for, more informed votes is better!
- Voting is your civic duty, dammit! Presidential elections are important (see: 2000) and even if you can’t really make a difference do you want to feel responsible for sitting this one out?
- There’s a real possibility that the electoral vote will be a 269-269 tie (Obama gets Kerry states + NM + CO + IA – NH). fivethirtyeight.com discusses the possibility here – the upshot is that Obama will probably win, but things get complicated because House of Representatives vote on the president on a per-state basis. Anyway, whoever wins the popular vote can take the moral high ground, which could be important.
Been reloading fivethirtyeight.com a lot recently – seeing that 83% chance for Obama to win makes my heart sing!
Why is America so religious? – very strong negative correlation between country wealth and importance of religion to that country. We are the great big outlier.
Michael Lewis rents a mansion and ponders why having a big house is so important to people. As someone who recently purchased a bigish house (bigger than the other ones we were looking at, anyway), I found it interesting.