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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Athletes want you to get out and vote, too

By Maria Burns Ortiz
Special to ESPN.com

Your favorite athletes want you to vote.

That was the overriding message coming out of the sports social mediasphere on Tuesday as voters took to the polls for the 2012 presidential and local elections -- then posted about it on Twitter afterward.

No matter which side of the political spectrum athletes leaned toward, they were all in agreement on one key point: the need for citizens to make their voices heard at the ballot box.

Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote! Vote!

— Jason Richardson (@jrich23) November 6, 2012

It's your Constitutional right to vote. It's your democratic obligation to exercise that right to vote.

— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) November 6, 2012

#Vote No matter who you're voting for, make sure your voice is heard! I did!

— Nick Swisher (@NickSwisher) November 6, 2012


Considering the long lines that were expected – and that many voters faced – the Twitterverse also offered some practical advice.

If you live in FL or OH prepare for possibly hours long waiting lines to vote. Dont get discouraged. Be prepared with food, water & a chair.

— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) November 6, 2012


President Barack Obama got some of love as he seeks a second term.

The President got more work to do, make sure you get out and vote tomorrow #vote

— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 5, 2012

Let's go!!! 4 more years!!! twitter.com/JoakimNoah/sta…

— Joakim Noah (@JoakimNoah) November 6, 2012


But challenger Mitt Romney had fans from around the sports world as well.

Get out and vote today we don't need another 4 years like we had #NoObama

— Tom Sestito (@TomSestito23) November 6, 2012

Vote for America. Vote @mittromney and @paulryanvp

— Spencer Hawes (@spencerhawes00) November 6, 2012


Beyond which candidate got their vote, athletes weighed in on everything from voter ID laws to marriage amendments.

I can't get over the fact that you don't need an ID to vote. Seems fairly important????

— Matt Kenseth (@mattkenseth) November 6, 2012

Remember, I'm voting "No" in MN, but be aware of what you need to do if you're in a different state. #equality

— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) November 6, 2012


Well aware of how confusing amendment votes can be once a person gets in the booth, Strikeforce champion Ronda Rousey came prepared.

“@drannmaria: Voting cheat sheet from @rondarouseylockerz.com/s/259379661” lol whatever works...

— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) November 6, 2012


And jokes. There were plenty of jokes.

If Romney wins today, I'm definitely tuning in to this years National Spelling Bee... twitter.com/LoMoMarlins/st…

— Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) November 6, 2012

The final debate to consider before casting your vote: youtube.com/watch?v=AhLSVv…

— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) November 6, 2012

@toriihunter48 i vote for you to be my teammate in 2013

— C.J. Wilson (@str8edgeracer) November 6, 2012


But leave it to the L.A. Kings to give fans and athletes alike one more reason to head to the polls.

Remember, your vote could decide who congratulates us at the White House.

— LA Kings (@LAKings) November 6, 2012


Every vote counts.