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David Byrne Can't Vote But Hopes You Will

November 4, 2008 9:00 AM ET

David Byrne has asked his fans to vote on this Election Day, partially because the former Talking Head can't vote himself. "I am an immigrant with a Green Card and, therefore, I am not eligible to vote in a federal election," Byrne said in an email to fans. "FYI - I can get drafted...I pay taxes, yet I cannot vote for President." Still, if Byrne could vote, it's pretty obvious who he'd cast his vote for. "The Republicans have made us less safe than before 9/11, bankrupted this economy, started an illegal war they can't - and don't intend to - finish, removed what sympathy (after 9/11) and respect the world had for the US, and have robbed US citizens of many of their basic rights," Byrne writes. "Global warming? What's that? Science and education? Investment in our future? No, thanks - we'll stick with a good 'ole hockey mom." Byrne is optimistic, though he adds, "it ain't over until Florida." Check out the full text of the letter below.

I Can't, But You Can

Pardon the bulk mailing. I Can't Vote. I am an immigrant with a Green Card and, therefore, I am not eligible to vote in a federal election. FYI - I can get drafted (luckily, Daniel Berrigan burned my draft board's records) and I pay taxes, yet I cannot vote for President. On Election Day, I see my neighbors heading to the nearby elementary school to cast their ballots. The voting booth joint is a great leveler; the whole neighborhood - rich, poor, old, young, decrepit and spunky - they all turn out in one day.

But most of you can vote. What can I say? The Republicans have made us less safe than before 9/11, bankrupted this economy, started an illegal war they can't - and don't intend to - finish, removed what sympathy (after 9/11) and respect the world had for the US, and have robbed US citizens of many of their basic rights. Global warming? What's that? Science and education? Investment in our future? No, thanks - we'll stick with a good 'ole hockey mom. Ignorant, and fucking proud of it, as is always the case.

Although it looks like a shoo-in, it ain't over 'til Florida. And there are plenty of racists in this country who will vote against their own best interests. So please, get to your local elementary school, post office, town hall, or whatever, and cast your vote and make this a country we can all be proud of. We can get out of this mess, and life can be better than it is.

David Byrne
NYC

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