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  • Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell steps out of a voting booth in 2010.
Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell steps out of a voting… (Getty Images file photo )
October 03, 2012|By Anthony Roberts, @antthewriter | RedEye

If you've been following the news recently—or even glanced at a calendar—you know what time of year it is. November is right around the corner, and with the first presidential debate of 2012 already in the books, it's safe to say voting season is upon us.

From now until the last ballot has been cast, you'll watch commercials, see billboards, hear radio spots and even receive personal pleas as to why you should get out there and exercise your right to vote. While most of these arguments will be valid, it's still not enough to get some folks off of their asses and to the polls. Well, I've got another reason for you: Voting is a great way to pick up a date.

Think about it. The very act of voting says a lot about a person's character without the need to utter a single syllable. It says he or she is responsible, abreast of current affairs, knowledgeable and politically active. These are traits that most of us value in a mate. Simply put: Voting is sexy.

You can keep cruising the same old bars, clicking deceptively attractive profile pictures of people who haven't looked like their online dating photos in years, or keep hoping that your soul mate will fall into your lap if you want. But getting out there and being proactive while also being a responsible citizen—that seems like a win-win situation to me.

Now I'm not promising that you'll meet the person of your dreams this way. As a matter of fact, depending on which way your potential love interest is voting (are Democrats and Republicans compatible?), you could very well hate each other and someone's drink could end up on someone else's face before the night is over. Who knows? But you run the same risk by meeting people any other way, so why not give it a shot, right?

Come on, people! The polls are an untapped resource for hotties!

Breaking the ice is a piece of cake. Just lead with some small talk and let it progress naturally. Wow them with your beefed-up insights on the electoral college and exit poll stats, then whisper some sweet nothings about immigration legislation for good measure. Finally, cap off your conversation with a line like, "Let's take all this talk about health care reform back to my place, shall we?" The evening's entertainment: election results!

So ladies, instead of just throwing on some sweats and running your fingers through your hair before going to cast your vote, throw on something a little more exciting and possibly use a real comb. And fellas, instead of wearing a T-shirt and the dirty gym shoes you just finished hooping in, maybe wear some loafers and a shirt that doesn't expose your armpit hair.

You never know, your future soul mate—or future ex—could be voting in the booth next to you.

Anthony Roberts is a RedEye special contributor.

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