Occupy the voting booth

People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote – a very different thing.
~Walter H. Judd

Just a short post tonight to remind everyone to do your civic duty and vote. “Vote?! There’s no elections going on, Fox!” Maybe not, depending on your area, but here in my town the local special elections are taking place. Turnout will probably be miserable. Elections aren’t just once every four years. This is actually the second time this year I’ve voted.

My old boss always wondered why everyone cared more about the presidential candidates than they did about their own mayor or city council members. Sure, the president is powerful, and the presidential elections are big and flashy. But your local elections are just as big an influence in your life. They decide on the issues that affect where you live. Sometimes they may be even more important than the presidential elections.

While your vote in the presidential elections may not mean much, your vote in the local elections means a lot. And you have no room to gripe about the state of your town if you neglected to vote for your city council members or on the various propositions that turn up on the ballot.

I hate to sound campy, but the right to vote is something too often taken for granted. If nothing else, voting means exposing yourself to what’s happening in your area. Don’t look at it as a passive action, but rather as the first step toward becoming more politically aware and active in your area.

And besides, you get a free sticker.


One Response to “Occupy the voting booth”

  1. So true. It also gets you acquainted with the methods of finding out what’s actually going on with your locale. Who knows, there might be something you feel passionately about to go to a city council meeting.
    Those are open to the public, you know.

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