Here in Massachusetts, I believe the final day is the 16th. Not sure if that is a national thing or what.
I just turned 18 in December so I just registered :)
i recently spent some time abroad and in Australia voting is mandatory, if you don't vote you get fined. (you don't actually have to vote for any particular candidate if you don't have one that you support, but you do actually have to go to the polls)
i know Oz is a much smaller population than the US, but i can't believe that so many people fail to vote.
One vote won't change a thing, but collectively we all cannot have that point of view. Every vote matters, but only on the large scale.
in short, don't take voting for granted, register to vote
They also have preferential voting where you have primary choices along with a secondary choice. This allows for more than just two dominant parties. In the US there are often claims that Ralph Nader ends up taking a lot of votes away from the democrats. With preferential voting either the voter decides who will get their vote in the case that their first vote does not win, or the party they vote for will make an announcement about which party they will donate their vote towards if they lose.
It’d be nice to get a few more options on the table than just red or blue.
Candidates already make claims akin to "i promise free beer for all in the next 4 years" what you're against is democracy, and the tyranny of the majority. (this is a legit feeling, i agree as well that democracy has some major faults-- namely that it implies that all individuals could be or at least know what makes a good leader and a lot of people don't.
however there aren't any other real viable options on the table as of now for alternatives, and if we are going to live "in a democracy" I’d rather it function as it's suppose to. If we had mandatory voting the poor and the disadvantaged would have better control over the outcome of elections, instead of the rich and prospering. It would mean that candidates would take the time to address all people regardless of $$ background.
a stupid person might be able to be persuaded to vote for free beer (as we've been saying), but I’m sure if that stupid person was poor, and needed proper housing, job support, education system, health care, and all these other primary needs it's going to take a bit more to win their vote.
Hopefully you won't be too cynical, I know there are dumbasses out there, i just think that there are also a lot of bright people out there in shitty situations; if given the proper chance could bring some real, good change to this country.