Tuesday Is Election Day. Here's What You Need to Know

Before I get to Election Day . . .

Join Bill Hennessy at The Creek in Washington, MO

First, a plug.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. I will be in Washington, Missouri, and you're invited. I have the high honor and distinct privilege of speaking to the great women of Washington Federated Republican Women.  at 5:30 p.m. I'll be talking about Heritage Foundation, Heritage Action for America, and Blaine Luetkemeyer's Brain.

The venue is The Creek Grill and Sports Bar, 200o Phoenix Center, on Highway 100 in Washington. Please stop in if you can. Arrive by 5:30 to get a good seat.

You Should Vote On Election Day Because People Depend on You

Vote On Election Day

You are more informed than the average voter. You understand the consequences of increasing taxes and decreasing freedom. Your neighbors, your kids, and your life depend on you getting out and voting April 2. And whether or not you vote is a matter of public record.

That's right, whether or not you vote is a matter of public record. If you want people to take you seriously, you need to vote. Every political organization looks at the voter rolls to see who voted and who didn't. They cross-tab voters to organization membership. Organizations with high voter turnout get attention. Organizations with low voter turnout get ignored.

More Than 200 Tax Increases Are On the Ballot in Missouri on Election Day

That includes an increase in the sales tax for St. Louis City and St. Louis County, school bond issues in Kirkwood and Rockwood among many.

There are county and municipal office elections.

And every election has consequences.

The easiest way to increase your influence in Jefferson City and Washington DC is to vote and to pool your vote with members of active organizations that vote.



This Is How To Spend Election Day

Conservatives take great pride in working, and for good reason. Work gives shape to life. Work is the poles of a tent, the bones of a body, the beams in the ceiling.


But work isn’t why we live. We live to pursue happiness.

For some, the pursuit of happiness involves acquiring property. Land, clothes, cars, plastic surgery. All examples of the pursuit of happiness.

Voting is another pursuit. People vote for minor candidates representing strange parties who have no chance of winning. It makes some voters happy.

People vote for totalitarians who will jeopardize their lives and liberty, and restrict their future pursuit of happiness. This makes the voter happy in the short run but miserable in the long run

I’m spending my election day 2012 pursuing my political happiness. Liberty. It’s a long-run strategy.

It may not pay off. There’s no guarantee of realizing happiness in this life. That makes the pursuit interesting.

For Election Day 2012, I’m voting early, putting out signs (“Vote for America: Retire Obama”)  Then I’m having breakfast with my brain trust. Then, it’s last minute GOTV of people who vote right but not often. Then a watch party.

To be honest, I have not  always been a fan of watch parties. I’d rather sit at home with complete control of my remote, my laptop on my lap, my iPhone and iPad fired up. I’d rather tweet and blog and scream at the TV. But I made a long-term commitment to the Tea Party movement in 2009, and that comes first. And at home I can’t enjoy the special gift of being among peers in the battle of our future.

If you have vacation on the books, use it today. Play hooky.  Watch the polls and the election returns.

America’s most precious natural resources is its free people. Its greatest obstacle is government. On election days, the former can constrain the latter. The other 1,455 days in the cycle, government constrains you.

Vote wisely.

How To Maximize Your Election Influence

Here's What To Do Today And On Election Day Tuesday is the most important election of your life, but voting is never enough. You can have a bigger impact by using social proof to increase your influence. I'll tell you how, and it won't take you long.

First, though, make sure nothing gets in the way of exercising your duty to vote.

Studies have shown that you are more likely to vote if you answer these questions before Election Day:

  1. Do you see yourself fulfilling your duty to vote? (Answer "Yes." Write it down.)
  2. What time do you plan to vote? (Write it down.)
  3. Where will you be coming from? (Work, home, etc. Write it down.)
  4. What will you be doing immediately before you go to vote? (A meeting at work? Dropping the kids off at day care? Write it down.)

Have a friend who might not vote? Ask him these four questions, and he's more likely than not to show up at the polls. But don't ask these questions of friends if you don't know they'll vote right.

Immediately After Voting

Voting empowers you with remarkable influence and credibility. You'll waste that power, though, if you don't put it to work. Here's what you need to do immediately after voting.

For each candidate or issue you support, tweet: "I just voted for [candidate] for [office]. [hashtag] #stltpc #election2012"


I just voted for @MittRomney for President. #POTUS #stltpc #election2012

I just voted for @EdMartin4Mo for Attorney General. #MOAG #stltpc #election2012

I just voted No on Prop A. #PropANo #stltpc #election2012

Next, repeat the process on Facebook in a single post, but omit the hashtags. Studies show that twitter-style hashtags turn off Facebook users, making them less likely to Like, share, or comment.

Tell People You Voted

Finally, tell 3 people you voted and for whom. Check this out:

Even when we control for alternative sources of similar behavior, such as having the same income, education, ideology, or level of political interest, the typical subject is about 15 percent more likely to vote if one of his discussion partners votes [emphasis added].

Christakis, Nicholas A.; Fowler, James H. (2009-09-09). Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives (p. 185). Hachette Book Group. Kindle Edition.

You've just maximized the power of voting. Your influence will spread to at least 3 degrees of separation reaching hundreds or hundreds of thousands of people, depending on how connected your network is.

4 Questions You Must Answer Right Now

paris_vote On Tuesday, Missouri becomes the first state in the union to vote on ObamaCare. If being a Tea Partyer means anything, it means you vote Yes on Prop C on Tuesday.  I urge not to wing it. 

Most elections, I wake up and think “it’s election day.”  Then I take a shower and go to work.  I think about stopping to vote, but I don’t want to walk into the office at 9:00.  So I decide to skip out early to vote instead.  Then a big meeting pops up late in the day, and I don’t get out until 5:30. Then traffic sucks.  Then I stop to get a loaf of bread and decide I need to run home, drop off the bread, change, and then go vote.  And I do.  But I barely make it, I’m in a long line, and I’m cursing myself for being so unprepared for such a simple task. 

So here’s what you can do right now to make yourself a far better voter than me.  Answer these questions for yourself right now. Write down the questions and answers on a sheet of paper.  And keep that paper with you until you’ve voted Tuesday, August 3.

Question One:  Do you plan to vote on Tuesday, August 3?

*Yes or no. 

Question Two:  What time of day do you plan to vote on August 3?

* Morning, Lunch, Afternoon, Evening?

Question Three:  Where will you be coming from when you vote on August 3? 

* Depends upon time of time, probably, so think about traffic, etc.

Question Four:  What will you be doing immediately before voting?

* This is important. If you’re doing something that involves a bunch of kids, for instance, or your dog, what will you do with them while you vote?

Missouri’s Secretary of State expects 24 percent turnout statewide.  That’s a big jump from the 2008 primaries when only 16 percent voted.  Have your plan in place for voting right now.  Don’t let circumstances overcome your chance to vote Yes on Proposition C and to decide numerous important primaries.

St. Louis County Votes

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 6, is Election Day in St. Louis County.  In some places, especially throughout South County, the only measure on the ballot is Proposition A: a sales tax increase.

Prop A’s backers—principally County Exec Charlie Dooley and Chesterfield Mayor John Nations—claim this tax increase of up to $650 per family will allow Metro to grow. You know otherwise.

  • Dooley and Nations cannot point to a specific plan.  They point to four. 
  • They cannot tell you how much any of the four plans costs.  They tell you, “a lot more than we’ve got.” 
  • They cannot tell you that Proposition A will cover the cost of expansion. It will not. 
  • They cannot tell you Proposition A won’t pay for the sins of the past. It will. 
  • They cannot tell you that Proposition A will be enough to run Metro for five years without another tax increase.  It won’t. 
  • They cannot tell you that Proposition A will make lives of the poor and disabled better.  It won’t
  • Dooley and Nations cannot give you one positive reason to raise your taxes. They can only give excuses.

In short, Proposition A is just another progressive strategy for taking your money and giving it to politicians to spent.

Vote No on Proposition A on Tuesday, April 6. No excuses.