I realize that posting twice in one day is a sign of neuroses, but I blame this one on other people. I blame it on politicians, voters and fraudsters. Everyone. Plus I got asked in real-life to say something about the issue. So:
Are you registered to vote? Vote manipulation and voter disenfranchisement played a potentially game-changing role in the 2000 and 2004 elections; I'm too lazy to write in depth about it , but an article here summarizes a great many of the details and gives links for further reading if you are so inclined.
Which you should be.
Quick, blogger-friendly info and links can be found here.
Vote. It matters.