I know I said I needed your vote before, but now’s when I really need it..

Do you remember how, a few weeks ago, I asked you to vote for me in that competition to win a scholarship to this year’s Netroots Nation convention? Well, I’m about to do it again. I wasn’t going to, but a friend talked me into it last night. I hate asking for people to do things for me, and it makes me especially uncomfortable having to come back to all of you and ask that you vote for me again, after you’ve already gone to the trouble once before, but, apparently, if I don’t follow through on this, I’m a quitter. At least, that’s what I’ve been told.

So, humbly, I’m asking that you take one minute out of your busy day, click here, and vote for me again. This will be the last time. I promise.

The whole thing, to be quite honest, has been kind of frustrating. The rules, you see, weren’t exactly clear when I entered. I knew, for instance, that there would be a few different rounds, during which scholarship winners would be chosen, but I didn’t realize that, between these rounds, our accumulated votes would be wiped clean. I also didn’t know that only 3 scholarships would be awarded in the first round, whereas 20 would be awarded in the second. If I had known, I would have skipped the first round altogether. But, as none of this was made clear on the site, I entered early, and, as a result, all 340 of my hard-won votes have been wiped away. [I finished 8th out of about 175 people in the first round, but only the top 3 vote-getters secured scholarships. One of them was a candidate for Congress.]

So, I was just going to walk away from the whole thing, and give up on the idea of going… I didn’t want to have to ask you again for your support, especially after so many of you had taken to Facebook in the first round, asking your friends and family members to vote for me. But, when I mentioned this to a friend, she said that I was being a jackass. The people had voted for me in the first round, she said, had done so because they wanted for me to go report back. And, she said, it should be up them whether or not they wanted to invest another two minutes of their time voting for me a second time. So, with that, I’ll ask you once again to click here and vote for me.

Thanks, I appreciate it.

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  1. Posted March 28, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    The thing that sucks worst of all is that a lot of you said really incredibly nice things about me when you voted the first round, and now all of that is lost. If I’d known it was all going to be wiped away, I would have copied it all. It was seriously sweet, hearing what the blog means to you.

  2. Posted March 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    how stupid. I voted, though. Me and two other people.

  3. Posted March 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Thanks… Yeah, it kind of pissed me off for a few days, but I’m over it. I wish the rules had been clearer from the start, but I realize that the good folks at Democracy for America have their hands full trying to save our country. It just sucks to have lost 340 votes, and all of the nice comments that were left. Hopefully, I can do it again.

  4. b
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    i bet you will have all those back in no time…

  5. Posted March 28, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    I doubt it. I had a lot of people mentioning the competition on Facebook before. I don’t know that they’ll spam their friends again.

  6. Posted March 28, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    Glad to send as many votes as needed! Good luck!

  7. Eel
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Is the plan still to have a black mass in Providence, on the grave of Lovecraft, raising the zombie corpse of FDR from the depths of the Atlantic, on the back of Cthulhu, to lead America toward Godless Socialism? If so, you have my vote.

  8. Steph and Friends
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    We like your comment, Eel.


  9. Mr. Y
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    My favorite comment left in support of your candidacy so far:

    Catherine Sandusky
    Mark Maynard is what I call my ex-husband’s penis because it’s so shy and introverted.

  10. ChelseaL
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    I can’t top any of the other comments, but you have my sympathy: I hate asking the same folks to sponsor my hunger walk each year (though I tried something different this year, promising to perform kooky stunts in exchange for pledges). In any case, I voted for you, and, if asked, will do so again. Good luck.

  11. roots
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Happy to vote twice! (Feels like cheating, somehow)

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