Election Day 2012–Opinions and Resources

It’s Election Day in the United States, where the citizens of this country get to participate in decisions that may impact billions of people. No pressure, folks!

It’s an incredible responsibility, one that people have been waiting a long time (due to the length of the election cycle) to exercise. Over the past few years and steadily increasing in recent weeks has been a sense of anxiety. Many people I’ve spoken to are in a “wait and see” posture when it comes to the election. Each candidate has their respective policies and programs they want to implement if and when they enter office. Also, many states have ballot initiatives that are being voted on. These include everything from increasing the minimum wage of hotel workers in Long Beach, California to whether or not same-sex marriage should be legal in Washington state. These and other topics of concern have people worried.

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For many the future is unclear. People are reluctant to move forward with certain plans until after the election and particular questions have been decided upon. It’s to be expected. Hopefully by this time tomorrow a clear winner in the Presidential election will have been chosen, in addition to resolutions around these various ballot initiatives. This will allow individuals and groups to move forward with some sort of clarity. In the meantime I’m going to continue to run on my own platform, which is this:

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Right now I can’t think of a better slogan for what I, and many leaders, want to accomplish than this one. 

So go out and exercise the right that so many people were denied and fought to obtain. Further, take that drive and energy that’s propelling you to the polls back to your communities and organizations. Use it to make and implement effective strategies that benefit those that it was meant to. After Election Day, let’s be better. No, let’s be great.

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Election Day Resources

  • For those that may not know, some states and jurisdictions have laws outlining what employers may/may not do in cases of allowing employees time off to vote. Click here for an overview. 
  • If you’re interested in learning more about the various ballot initiatives up for a vote on November 6th, click here.
  • Due to Superstorm Sandy the Board of Elections in New York City is temporarily relocating or combining some poll site locations. For a listing click here.
  • Are you a New Jersey resident and not clear about where your polling station is? You can text ‘877877’ with your address and a return text message will tell you.

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