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Do You Buy Meg Whitman's Excuse For Not Voting?

Do You Buy Meg Whitman's Excuse For Not Voting?

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman wants to be governor of California, but it took her until the age of 46 to register to vote. (Reminder: the voting age is 18!) Whitman has apologized for the 28-year oversight while offering an explanation. She said:

"I was focused on raising a family, on my husband's career, and we moved many, many times. It is no excuse. My voting record, my registration record, is unacceptable."

Registering to vote is somewhat annoying, but it doesn't take that long! And it's a little strange that Whitman, an accomplished businesswoman, is citing her husband's career as one reason for not voting. Then again, Meg Whitman isn't the only candidate to have a spotty voting record. Carly Fiorina, who wants to run for the US Senate, hasn't voted all that often either.

Do you buy Meg's excuse that she was too busy with other priorities, or is this lack of democratic engagement inexcusable for someone who wants to hold elected office?

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GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Well, in all fairness, she's in the majority. As sad as it is, the majority of the eligible population do NOT vote, only the relative minority do. What was the saying? More people voted on the show "American Idol" than political elections. Saddening.
alcook87 alcook87 8 years
she hasn't voted because she isn't interested in politics, she ran a corporation. If you want California to be controlled by someone not interested enough to vote, and to make California work for corporations and not its citizens, you can give her your vote, even though she doesn't vote herself, that seems a bit ironic to me. but there is a clear reason she doesnt vote, and an excuse that she worked and had a family is silly, because how many women work and raise families, and have the chance to mail in their absentee ballot or run to a polling place during your lunch break, that only happens once a year or every few years. Calry Fiorinia is the same story. Lame
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
Texasred - I agree about the motor voter. I have voted in several counties and states. You're supposed to update your license everytime you move. Everytime I had to get a new license or update my license, I had an opportunity to register to vote. It's so easy - you check yes on the form, and you get your voter registration card in the mail. Maybe she was afraid she'd be selected for jury duty. I have relatives who won't register to vote because they fear they may get selected for jury duty (like it's that big of a hassle for them). Some people frustrate me to no end.
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
I mean, it's every one's choice whether or not to vote. My concern is how you can wake up one day and suddenly decide you want to be a part of the democratic system (as a governor no less, of a state in great financial distress) while never having made that effort to even register to vote until now. Doesn't seem like a very strong candidate, IMO.
sontaikle sontaikle 8 years
Nope, sorry. As soon as I turned 18 I made sure to register. One of my proudest moments was voting for the first time! I know plenty of women who are busy raising families—my mom for one—who find time to vote. That's not an excuse, sorry. The first time I was able to vote in a Presidential election was 08 (what an exciting one to initiate me, huh?) and I happened to get to the voting area at the same time as my mom! :)
Texasred45 Texasred45 8 years
Meg's excuse isn't merely "bogus," it's asinine! She cheerfully shirked the most basic of civic responsibilities, yet now she thinks she's qualified to be Governor??? As for it being difficult to register to vote, two words: "Motor Voter." That's the law requiring that you be able to register to vote at the same time you get a driver's license. And I'm SURE she got a driver's license. Fair disclosure: I'm very conservative Republican, but I think the GOP should be rid of its hypocrites.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 8 years
I agree this lady is an idiot. I hope she loses because I would HATE to have another idiotic republican running my home state. Enough of these dumbasses.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I registered to vote the day I turned 18! There is no excuse! She does NOT have my vote! Savvy business people do not make good politicians, as evidenced by our current Governator!
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
She already has my vote.
marcied23 marcied23 8 years
yeah, it's just odd i was registered to vote as soon as i could and have very little interest in politics, i just wanted to make sure that i did vote for the important things like the presidency.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 8 years
Couldn't she have said something like "There wasn't anyone who I completely agreed with, so I didn't vote until I was a politician myself"? Then people would say good for her, she's doing something about it instead of complaining! But yeah.. it's odd to show so little interest in politics when that's what you do.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I wasn't a registered voter until I was in my mid 30's. I didn't have an interest in politics, I didn't understand them, never followed them (also didn't complain about them since I knew I didn't have a voice in what was going on since I wasn't using my voice). I don't have a problem with her not registering until a late age, but I can see where it would affect people's choice to vote for her.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Additional comment -- I can see some people not wanting to deal with re-registering everytime they move. Or, for that matter, thinking their vote doesn't make a difference. But in some states (like CA), there are direct propositions where the voter really does have direct influence on policy. For that reason, I have re-registered everytime I have moved, and I've only ever voted in one state! I just don't understand how Whitman thinks that she can run a state if she can't be bothered to perform her most basic civic duty for the past 20+ years.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
Yet another reason for me to not want Meg Whitman to be my governor.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
Do I buy it? Well...I have not registered in every state I have lived in, because seriously, it is annoying. Plus, I figure that my vote will do no good, as they pretty much pay off people in your state to vote a certain way. Or maybe something will happen a la Bush/Gore, when Gore clearly won, and Buh cried to his brother's home state which needed a "re-count" and he "won". However, I never wanted to be a politician. If she knew, then she is an idiot for not doing so. If she didn't, then whatever...I have my beliefs about voting, so does she. I think her excuse was a bit weak. I may actually want to eat lunch on my lunch break...but this was kinda funny, and I'm addicted to Tres! 2 more hours....
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
what an idiot.
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