Get Out and Vote (And Get Free Stuff to Boot)

Last Updated Nov 4, 2008 4:54 AM EST

2277408667_0d8db8f776_m.jpgThe most productive thing you can do today? Vote. Regardless of your political views, it's your right and your privilege to take part in the democratic process. If you need more motivation than that, consider this:

Voting creates leadership. It does so both directly, by electing a new President and other office-holders and officials, and indirectly. Your commitment to participating creates an example for those around you; effective leaders support their messages by their actions.

Voting invites collaboration. In the largest sense of the word, the nation is collaborating to make its opinion about the future of our country known. On the home front, you're likely to discuss your political views with friends and family.

Voting is motivating. On November 4, you are one of the most important people on the planet. You really do have the ability to change the world.

And if all that isn't enough, consider the perks of voting. If you do your civic duty, Starbucks will give your a free cup of coffee, Krispy Kreme will hand over a free doughnut with red, white and blue sprinkles, and Ben & Jerry's will hook you up with a free scoop of ice cream between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sounds like a win-win all the way around to me. See you at the polls.

(image by yaquina via Flickr, CC 2.0)

  • CC Holland

    CC Holland is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and a number of national magazines. Online, she was a columnist for AnchorDesk.com and writes regularly for Law.com and BNET. On the other side of the journalism desk, she's been a managing editor for ZDNet, CNet, and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, where she earned an APTRA Best News Web Site award.