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American readers: All opinions and party affiliation aside (well, not the House Party kind of party of course...), we wanted to take a moment to encourage you all to get out there and vote! We don't do too many public service announcements, but with the election season coming up, here's a friendly reminder that voter registration closes soon. And your vote counts! So don't think one person can't make a difference. It varies from state-to-state, but in most cases, voter registration closes within the next month. If you're not registered yet, do a quick Google search, or use one of the many sites out there that facilitate this process and find the form for you.

Sarah's reason to vote I just got my American citizenship this year, so I can finally vote for the first time! Even though it was only a few years that I was of legal voting age but unable to participate, it was nevertheless incredibly frustrating to pay taxes and live in accordance with the leadership of a country in which you have no legal say. Of course, I could still share my opinions and take advantage of the many other rights and privileges of living in the U.S., but to say I'm going to vote this year rewards me an entirely new sense of satisfaction. In addition to wonderful reasons of celebrating democracy and freedom, it also celebrates the hard work my family and I put into establishing ourselves as citizens.

Brian's reason to vote I'll admit it. Voting excites me. Of course, for me the underlying reason to vote is to exercise my civic duty. However, since that first election in which I could vote back in Colorado at the ripe old age of 18, the prospects of sidling-up with others at the voting station has been the perfect democratic mechanism and community builder. What does that mean you might ask? Well, as Sarah alluded earlier, the hard work and care of generations comes poignantly to the front of our minds - an encompassing notion of gratitude which is all-too-often lost generally in the rush of our daily lives or, more specific to politics, lost in the positioning and jockeying associated with the contemporary practice of politicking. Nearly as rewarding as this sense of gratitude and place are the conversations that invariably spring-up in voting lines that always end up reminding me that regardless of our political affiliation, our similarities always outweigh our differences. So go punch that card, pull that lever and enjoy the feeling that comes with being heard.

Danielle My reason is plain and simple. If you don't vote, you can't complain. We elect the people who run this country and if you don't like them or the job they're doing, and you don't go out and vote, then you have no right to complain. It is OUR job to give the right people their job of representing our interests, and while many of them don't do that to our satisfaction, we still put them there in the first place. So exercise your right to make your voice heard and send a message about change you want to see. It's not a perfect system, but it's the only one we've got and we need to make it work.

Why do you vote? We'd love to hear your story!

[author] [author_image timthumb='on']#[/author_image] [author_info]Sarah is a friend of House Party. Sarah held a few roles during her three years with the company, most recently as our Community Manager. This is a fancy way of saying that she made sure that you were heard, helped and having fun. She also tweeted as one half of the contributors to our @HousePartyFun Twitter handle with Jared. She was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, but has since moved to the northern corner of New York City, where she lives with her boyfriend and their sassy chinchilla, Rufus. Audiophiles at heart, they've crammed-in five guitars and way more speakers and gigabytes of music than a little apartment should hold. Her party tip: no matter the size or type of party, put on music just loud enough to cover up the sound of chewing (ew!), but not chatting. [/author_info] [/author]

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