David Byrne unable to vote in US election

Former Talking Heads man encourages others to have their say

David Byrne has issued a personal statement admitting that he is unable to vote in today’s general election in the US which could see the country elect its first ever African-American President, Barack Obama.

In an email published on Brooklyn Vegan, Byrne explained that as an immigrant with a Green Card he is not eligible to vote in a federal election, but encouraged those who can vote to do so.

Byrne also blasted the current Republican administration, as well as the party’s policies during the campaign.

The email reads:

“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… On Election Day, I see my neighbors heading to the nearby elementary school to cast their ballots. The voting booth joint is a great leveller; 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.”

–By our New York staff.

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