The startlingly low 17 percent voter turnout for the recent primary election is disappointing, and local voters should be ashamed.
At a time when so many issues at the local and national levels are critical to our future, it’s time that people get informed and exercise their right to vote.
So many people think their one vote doesn’t matter, and therefore don’t make the effort to get to the polls and have their voting voice heard. Many times these are the same individuals that do nothing but complain about the decisions our elected officials make.
We live in the greatest country in the world. Could you imagine standing in long lines, sometimes in extreme temperatures with bullets flying over your head, just to get the opportunity to vote? That’s a real way of life for some in other parts of the world. There are people who risk their lives to cast their vote, and we can only get 17 percent of the voters to show up at the polls.
That doesn’t even take into effect those who haven’t put forth the effort to register to vote.
We will have a chance to redeem ourselves later this fall, and it couldn’t come at a better time. The general election in November is of great significance in our country’s history. It’s time to get out and vote and have your voice heard.
If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain. And, don’t worry, there won’t be bullets flying over your head.
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