We see tracking polls by the bushel—all varying in accuracy and results. Yet a common theme among them is that the pollsters must make a decision about who is likely to vote. Will more youth vote this time? What about seniors? Independents? The sad thing is that nobody is entirely sure who will vote come election time.
I’ve never understood this. Why people would choose not to vote.
Excuses in the past have always included from ”My vote doesn’t matter” to “I didn’t have time to go to the poll station.” But our last gubernatorial race was decided by 129 votes statewide, and your ballot was mailed to you and is probably sitting on your kitchen counter unopened and ignored. I don’t care who you vote for, but open your ballot, sit down with your voters guide, and start serving as a citizen instead of a disinterested bystander.
Maybe you don’t know who to pick for that judicial or PUD race. That’s okay. Because I bet you know who you might want to pick for President, Governor, or Representative. Even if your candidate doesn’t win, your vote was not wasted. You were part of the political process, and your voice was still heard. Take ownership in your country.
And congratulations, you now have a right to say, “Well, I didn’t vote for them.”