Monday, November 03, 2008

Vote Like Your Health Depends On It

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If you watch TV you may have noticed some famous female faces, such as Mary Louise Parker and Lauren Bacall, encouraging voters to educate themselves about the candidates' positions on chronic disease and cast their votes accordingly on or before election day, Tuesday, November 4, 2008.

If you haven't seen it yet, you can watch it here:

Vote Like Your Health Depends On It

The media campaign is part of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease's effort to encourage voters to study up on health care issues and make their voices heard by voting on election day.

You can download an informative voters' guide (PDF) from their website to learn more about the views of the two main presidential candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain, on chronic disease. Many of the other primary candidates did not answer PFCD's questions for the publication, but luckily both Obama and McCain did, making it easy to read through and examine their respective responses to each question.

Download PFCD Voters' Guide

Don't forget about all the important state and local races you'll be voting on, too. Your local newspaper's website and the League of Women Voters website are great sources of information about the candidates' views, proposals and promises.

Though I'm a big Obama supporter and hope with all my heart he will be elected tomorrow, in many ways state and local races are more important to our every day lives.

Your vote has a greater impact in those races and the decisions made by those leaders have a greater influence on the ins and outs of your day to day life. So please do not neglect to inform yourself about these races, too, and cast an informed vote for the candidates of your choice.

If you need a little extra encouragement to get to the polls tomorrow, you might be interested in knowing that you can get a free sco
op of ice cream from Ben & Jerry's, a free coffee from Starbucks or a free star shaped doughnut from Krispy Kreme Doughnuts just by voting. Cool, don't you think?

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