Lindsay Marks 6 p.m., Dec. 5
I Voted--But Will You?
"Duty Now--For The Future." --DEVO, from the back cover art of NEW TRADITIONALISTS.
Well, well, lookie at what arrived in my mailbox today...my permanent absentee mail-in ballot for the 8-Jun-10 California primary election. Since I am a registered Independent (NOT "American Independence Party," no bleeping way!), I get a non-partisan ballot.
Fine by me!
As I filled out my ballot, I thought of those folks who say that "our votes don't count," or "It's not worth my time," among other self rationalizations for not voting. To me, there is NO reason or rationalization for a registered voter to not do their civic duty and cast a ballot--either at the polling place on Election Day, or as I do, by absentee ballot.
True, the results on Election Night might not go your way. However, it's much better to make the effort (even if it's in vain) than it is to sit on your gleuts and not make the effort in the first place. One vote can, indeed, make a difference.
For Election Day is, for our politicos seeking to either be elected or stay in office--JUDGEMENT DAY! It's the closest thing we voters have to playing God with our politicos' careers--your chance to either toss them out on their seats, or give them another turn in power. Your choice--if you choose to take it!
I have voted in every election in my life since I was eighteen--and have never regreted it. I've seen good folks gain office--and some real rotters who weasled their way in. I've seen good ballot propositions become part of our state's Constitution, as well as some that were obviously destructive become law.
Still, by voting, I said my peace about the candidates-and-issues on that election's ballot. The reason I vote absentee (permanent)--besides getting in my licks early--is that it's easy to obtain such status. Just fill out the back of your County Voters Guide, mark the box requesting "permanent absentee" status, and mail that puppy off to the S.D. County Registrar of Voters office ASAP.
Be it by absentee ballot, or by going to the polling place on Election Day, your vote counts as much as mine either way. I voted today (ballot will be in Tomorrow's Outgoing Mail)--but will you?
To qoute Larry The Cable Guy: "GIT 'ER DONE!"