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POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 9:40pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 1:39am

The State of Texas has been traditionally Republican and all national polls favor Obama.

EAST TEXAS - Tyler Owens is a director here at KETK. He's 20 years old, never voted, not going to.

His hands aren't tied, they just won't be casting any sort of ballot on the 4th.

"We live in texas, and Texas is a highly Republican state, and regardless of who I vote for, I don't feel that it's gonna make a big dent in the process," Tyler says.

His major beef is with the electoral college. If it were up to him, the process would be popular vote only.

"On a strictly statewide level," Tyler says "I believe that Texas is decided and has been decided for 40 years to go Republican."

You can see why Tyler thinks this. 34 electoral votes are considered to be "Safe McCain" votes. Tyler isn't the only one that thinks this. We got an email from willis. He says, "why are we having an election ? NBC and The New York Times have already declared Obama the winner." You can see why, go to It's projected that Senator Obama will get 277 electoral votes. He only needs 270 to take the White House, so the question remains, why vote ?

Doctor Paul Kubricht says he can think of several reasons. Doctor Kubricht is a professor of political science at Letourneau University he's a big fan of elections

Doctor Kubricht gave us some reasons why you should go polling:

First, it's our right and responsibility as Americans. Second, the coat-tail factor. A reminder, this election isn't just a race for the White House.

"I know we can become fixated on the presidential race," Dr. Kubricht says, "but often times it's the local elections that have more immediate impact."

And finally, the polls. They can be wrong, and have been before.

In 1948, Governor Thomas Dewey was expected to best President Harry Truman, it was even in the papers before it happened.

President Truman went on to win the election.

"A poll is always measuring a moving target, and it's gonna be impossible to satisfy everyone," Dr. Kubricht says.

Now, we're not saying you can expect a repeat of '48 in 2008, but it should give everyone motivation to make your voice heard, no matter who you choose.

Not sure if that changes the minds of Tyler and Willis, but at the least, it should get them thinking.

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Anyone who doesn't believe in the electoral college should be the first ones in line to vote. In 2000, Al Gore won the popular vote but not the presidency - I believe that was the fourth time in history that has happened, and it made a big statement. While it currently does not elect our president, the popular vote is not ignored - especially by the millions of those who, like Tyler Owens, are frustrated with our current system.

If you want to make a statement to our government, voting is the best way to do it. If you want change, exercise your voice any way you can. USE the system to CHANGE the system.

People died for our right to vote. People in other countries are still dying for their rights to vote. Don't validate other countries' beliefs that Americans are spoiled and unappreciative of our liberties by purposefully disregarding them.

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