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Rock The Vote - The Xbox Live Experience


That is the sexiest logo ever. Thank you Microsoft for sexing up Rock the Vote like never before.

So, right before I left town for PAX, I went and on a whim, went and did that Rock the Vote thing on Xbox Live.

Yesterday I got an email reminder on registering to vote so I figured I'd walk you guys through the experience.

Soapbox timez

Look, I won't get into the messy-ness of politics or any of the heady bickering that goes along with it, but seriously, this has to be one of the most important elections we've had in a long time. Really.

Here we are, 8 years after Bush, with our economy in the toilet, global economy faltering, our privacy has been utterly wrought and destroyed beyond our wildest imaginations, and oil prices are going nuts all over. It goes without saying that the next person that goes into the White House is stepping into a big pile of poo much larger than anyone one person could create (thus absolving from all blame throwing squarely on Bush).

Love him or leave him, Michael Moore's last movie, Sicko, had an excellent interview with a British citizen who had a firm reminder in there that everyone living in a democratic nation needs to keep firmly in check come November 4th.

"A democratic government should never put fear into its people, it's the people who should put the fear into the government." Basically, with your power to vote, you have the ability to decide who's in control. Don't like the GOP run Executive branch? Replace 'em. Think the Democratic congress has been a waste of time? Vote 'em out.

Here's another thing to remember. The majority of registered voters that actually turn out to vote are 55+. Remember that whole mentality of your youth where you hated when old people told you what to do and boss you around? Ignoring your right to vote and letting the old people of this country decide for you is basically the same damn thing. Voting is about as rebellious as it gets without a tire iron and some un-bashed in mailboxes.

Angsty and upset at your parents after they grounded you when you were 12? VOTE AGAINST THEIR CANDIDATE to fuck with them.

Now that I've said my soapbox piece, I want to tell you all that the Xbox Live experince of "Rock The Vote" is a breeze, takes about 5 minutes, and requires you to have a printer and a stamp.

I've always hated the Rock the Vote logo, but then again, I hate the sound of beer being poured, ginger people, gravy boats, and NamelessTed, so it's all a moot point, I suppose.

Once you go through the process of opting to download Obama or McCain '08 gamerpics, you're asked if they can email you in exchange for downloading these for free. A few days after this you should get an email to your main Xbox Live account from Rock The Vote.

It will direct you here. You'll be asked to fill in some questions. Know that voter registration requires you to be a US citizen, over age 18 on Election Day (Nov 4th), and you must be able to provide some form of ID when you show up to vote. Usually you can get by with a voter registration card if need be, so you'll get one of these in a few weeks after mailing off the final form.

You'll fill out the information they ask of you. Some personal information, political preferences (you don't have to register either side, but some states require you to affiliate yourself to participate in voter caucuses, though the initial and more important caucuses are long since past in this election cycle.)

This form is also handy if you've moved recently and need to file a change of address form with your state's voting authority, like I needed to, since I moved in April. Most states give you a specific area to where you can cast your vote, so make sure your information is totally up to date.

Once you've completed the form, you'll be asked to "print out the form", which produces a PDF for you to print out.

Like this, but all filled in already so you don't gotta do shit but print it, sign it, and mail it.

Take a piece of paper and do a double sided printout of pages 2 and 3. You can take pages two and three, fold it over, and mail it into your state's voting authority. Don't forget that it needs your signature and a stamp.

The deadline for submitting your voter registration is 30 days before the General Election, so you've got until October 5th.
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About BluDesignone of us since 11:49 AM on 11.10.2006

I own a FamPuter, which is a 100% fake Famicom. And I do own Super Mario Bros. and Rockman 2 for it, which you don't. :P

I'm a 34 year old gamer. I cannot hang out with most of you, and you should not contact me to buy you cheap wine or cigarettes. I do not like jail. Seriously, I own all three consoles and I don't discriminate. Gaming is for fun, not for sissy slapfights. If you consider yourself partial to a particular console, I don't care why you don't own other consoles, I don't want to hear about it. If you're going to bitch about something, you'd better bring some hard evidence of why you're complaining if you want to cry on my shoulder.

Enjoy this wonderful picture of 2 generations coming together at last...

PS - I eat trolls.

PPS - I've been to Japan. Maybe you've heard about it? If not, read up here:

Part 1: Introductions
Part 2: Yamagata's Hanagasa Festival
Part 3: Harajuku Girls and the lack thereof
Part 4: You're not in Kansas anymore, Niero (TGS07)
Part 5: Fresh from the farm to your mouth
Part 6: Going to Japan is hard
Part 7: 30 days takes forever
Part 8: Rape, Rocks, and Alliteration
Part 9: Small Town Nightlife
Part 10: Bling Bling, Hundred Thousand Yen Bill Ya'll
Part 10 Part 2: Mount Yamadera
Part 11: The Japanese Wal-Mart
Part 12: Goin' Down to Tokyo Town
Part 13: Ghiblit Gravy
Part 14: Air Sex
Part 15: Ganguros of New Tokyo
Part 16: The Contest Announcement
Part 17: The Contest
Part 18: The Trip Itinerary
Part 19: Tokyo Day 2
Part 20: Tokyo Day 2 Part 2 (of 2)
Part 21 is no longer there, but it wasn't all that great anyway, so you're not missing out.
Part 22: Happy Picture Montage Time!
Part 23: I have arrived.
Part 24: I have returned.
Part 25: The Case for the American Cheeseburger
Part 26: Random pictures are random
Part 27: A Free Gift for Those Who've Been Paying Attention
Part 28: Nintendo, no seriously, NINTENDO
Part 29: Racists in Japan, Discriminating against the handicapped
Special Report from Cheapy D at CAG
Part 30: The Secret Truth About Japan
Part 31: Oz-Matsuri
Part 32: The Japanese Don't Have Antiperspirant Deodorant

Part 33: There's this Disney character named Stitch in Japan...
Part 34: Trainspotting: Live From Kyoto
Part 35: Kyoto for Beginners
Part 36: Kyoto Smash: Advance Lesson in Fun Time
Part 37: Some Japanese people are alcoholics
Part 38: Hardcore Otaku know where the real action is
Part 40: My attempt at getting the Oscar for Best Japanese Picture
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 42: I sneak into a movie studio to pitch my movie
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 43: My film idea is shot down in favor of yet another Power Rangers TV show
Part 44: Excessive Male Nudity in Japan
Part 45: The Japanese grocery store has no deli counter
Part 46: How the Japanese language is worked into Japan's society
Part 47: Izukayas and you: How the Japanese drink in public
Part 48: All you really need to know about the Tokyo Auto Show
Part 49: Gyudon Rocks.
Part 50: Tendo is the coolest place in all of Japan
Part 51: I really did poop immediately after that shot
Part 52: A Beginner's Guide to Tokyo Disney Sea
Part 53: There is no comparison. Cheeseburgers win.
Part 55: You've never had Tonkatsu, so you wouldn't understand
Part 56: Japanese iTunes for the Mac addict
Part 57: The other kind of Curry
Part 58: Popular Pop and "Lock" music in Japan
Part 59: I sing like how cats have sex
Part 60: The Iron Penis Festival
Part 61: A sad bit about racism in Japan
Part 9001: Electro Lemon's whirlwind visit to Tokyo
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