Friday, September 08, 2006

I got an email from the Kinky Friedman campaign, and I thought I would share it. Listen, if you are a Texan, register to vote. Then vote. I don't care who you vote for. Just vote.

The political establishment is counting on most Texans sitting out this election as they did in the 2002 Governor's race. Then, only 4.5 million of you actually cared enough to vote. Another 12.5 million voters chose not to participate. I've heard every excuse for not voting. And as Kinky says, "If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates worth voting for."

This Nov. 7, there is a candidate worth voting for. Only Kinky has given voters a reason to return to the ballot box and take back Texas.

But there's only one way he can win. It's simple math, folks. If 4.5 million people - only 29% of registered voters - show up at the polls again, your next governor will be Rick Perry. But if voter turnout approaches or reaches 40 percent, Kinky Friedman will be this state's first independent governor since Sam Houston. If only 1 million of the registered voters who stayed home last time come out to the polls, the face of Texas politics changes forever.

If you have not registered to vote, do it now. If you have moved since the last election, you need to re-register. Sign up for early voting. If you are going to be out of Texas on November 7th, order an absentee ballot.

Kinky is right when he says he isn't running against Perry, Strayhorn or Bell. He's running against apathy.

People have died to give you the right to vote. Use it. You have the power to change Texas. Use it.

Texas is worth it.

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