If you are a Kentucky Democrat voting for Romney, your vote doesn't count.
If you are a Kentucky Republican voting for Obama, your vote doesn't count.
Ditto if you plan a straight party vote; your vote does NOT count.
There are two reasons for this. The big one is the Electoral College, the minor one is polling.
You've probably heard "this election will be decided by the swing states." And whether that number, which changes, is 10 or 12 or whatever, the reason is that the two major parties have calculated, through their polling, that certain states are "locked in." They will vote red or blue and nothing is likely to change that by November. Their vote, specifically, their electoral vote seems set.
But the "swing states" are different. There, polling--a far from exact science, very far in some cases--says these states could go either way. So the parties concentrate in those states. One of the networks reported that the "undecided" vote in those states, variously polled (!) at from 3 to 6% is what will decide who is to win. (Wouldn't you love to be among that 3-6%? Think of all the junk mail you will get, the people knocking on your door and calling your phone, legally excluded from the national "do not call" list by-- guess who? Congress), pollsters, some legit and some not...2 "push pollsters" have already called me) want you to violate the secret ballot and tell them...who? Lucky you, undecided.
And it's going to stay this way unless..we remind each other that in a democracy one person's vote is supposed to be just as good as another's; no more, no less. As long as the Electoral College is in the Constitution, a Kentucky vote is NOT the equal of a vote in Nevada or South Dakota or, gasp, Tennessee.
Now, this does not mean..don't vote. In fact, I urge you to vote..after you ask Andy Barr and Ben Chandler if they will support an end to the Electoral College. And any time you get the chance, get Senators Paul and McConnell on record too.
No matter how they quibble, and they will, the bottom line is this: either one American's vote is the equal of another, or it isn't. Don't let them convince you otherwise.
America's future as a true democracy hinges on it.
I'm just sayin'...