voting should be more fun

This is the day that most of the nation goes to the polls to vote.  Not only is it the Presidential election, but various other political offices, too.  So obviously it’s important.  Every citizen should vote.  And it stands to reason that if you don’t vote, you shouldn’t have the right to complain about who gets elected.

But just because something is important, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t also be fun!  Either some people don’t see it that way, or they haven’t realized how much better it would be if it were also fun.  (If they don’t believe me, then they’re just wrong.)

People would be more likely to vote if it didn’t involve hours and hours of standing in line with absolutely nothing going on.  I’ve been through this, and it gets boring FAST!  You have thousands of bored people standing around, the smell of body odor accumulating in the place (because there’s never a fresh breeze, for whatever reason), and the boringness of it just multiplies and spreads.

So here’s some ideas:

  • Have a talent competition, with the judges being people waiting in line.  Contestants in the competition have to be people who are there to vote.
  • Have a cell phone ringtone competition.  (I would win that one, but I wouldn’t always be there, so other people will get to win some, too.)
  • Have a concession stand (that doesn’t charge rip-off prices).  Have a drawing for free nachos every hour.
  • Have arcade machines that can be played for free, where you play for a minute then the next person in line continues the game.

I could go on, but you get the idea.  If you have any ideas, put it in the comments section.

vote for us in the Blog Cup

This blog has been nominated to participate in iBlogCup, which is an International Blog Cup Competition.  The only way for us to get votes is if you go to their site and vote for Buffet o’ Blog.  Here’s the link : April 2008 competition.

You can only vote once per round, and it checks your IP to make sure you aren’t voting multiple times.  This round is open from April 1 thru April 7.  I would really appreciate it if you’d take a few seconds to go there and vote.  There’s no prizes, but it would get us more recognition, which might translate into more regular readers.  The more, the merrier.  🙂

[ Edit: I’ve been informed that the vote button doesn’t always show in IE, i.e., Internet Exploder (that is, Internet Explorer).   See the pic below for how it should look.  Also, note that you have to enter a password at the top of the page for your vote to count.  This keeps people from using bots to automatically vote for them. ]

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