I hope everyone will get out and vote on Tuesday, if you haven’t already.  Even if you have to hold your nose and vote for the less awful candidate–as we had to do here in Washington’s 4th Congressional district–it’s important to do it because the awful candidates in this election are REALLY awful.

But we also have the chance here to vote for universal background checks on gun sales, and other states have similar referenda on their ballots.  The average person doesn’t have much power to influence things, so you better believe I’m going to use my vote to do what I can to make the world a little better.  I hope you will, too.

PZ Myers, as usual, has the right idea:

Do you know what it means to be an AtheistVoter?

It means I vote for the separation of church and state, because religious delusions should have no influence on my life…or yours.

It means I vote on the side of science, because science is where we find the answers, not in holy books.

It means I vote for peace, not war, because we only have this one life to live, and killing people — any people at all — is an unforgivable crime.

It means I vote for the environment, because the promises of priests that their gods won’t allow harm to come to us are meaningless.

It means I vote pro-choice, because there’s nothing magical about a fetus’s “soul” that trumps the rights of women.

It means I vote for equality and against racist and sexist policies, because all human beings have equal rights.

Read the whole thing.

(And why does the WordPress spell checker think “referenda” is misspelled?  I beg to differ, WordPress!)