So, it being Saturday, Martha and I were out to dinner. At the door of the Restaurant the 20 year old greeter was registered to vote and ready for Tuesday, after she checks up on the candidates (one more time, I am hoping). However, a younger member of the greeting team, who is 18, isn't even registered! Don't they teach Civics in school any more? She doesn't see the point to it. I need some new arguments so that she registers soon and votes in this years primary and general election.
The odds of your vote making a difference are slim, I grant you. The odds of your vote and the vote of three people you know making a difference become much higher in a close election. If the whole voting age membership of the Class of 2010 at Lowell High School did or didn't vote it could change the state-wide results in a very close race.
Part of the problem with not voting is that if you don't vote it discourages others from voting and in an election as important as this one, we don't need discouraged voters, but rather encouraged voters. Let's go with the sociology of it. If everyone votes, then everyone votes. If no one votes, then no one votes and we get ruled by a small political elite that is interested in what it wants rather than what the majority of us want.
Voting is self protection for the masses.
And sure, I want you to vote for the same person I am voting for, because I think that person would be best for our State and our Nation, but MORE IMPORTANT is that you vote! I would rather see "Brand X" elected with a 70% turnout than my person elected with just a 22% turnout.
Regards — Cliff
10 months ago