Sunday, August 3, 2008

Why Register to Vote?

Now just so that no one gets the wrong idea, let me say that I think it would be good if every legal citizen would register to vote and then take part in every election from local to national. That having been said, however, it is necessary to recognize reality. Many folks won't register and, unfortunately, many who are registered won't take the time to learn about the candidates and issues.

So, in response to the constant onslaught from politicians, news reporters, and those submitting letters to the editor of their local papers urging everyone to register and vote, I say "change your message!" If you want to see the citizens exercise their responsibility, urge them to get informed on the candidates and issues. I am confident that those who take the time to be informed will also make sure they register and vote.

What we really do not need is more uninformed people going to the polls. Register if you want to, but please don't vote if you don't understand what you are voting for. Stay home. This endless mantra of "register and vote" is not helping to elect quality leaders and create wise programs.

There is one political party in particular that makes it a goal to register as many people as possible who have limited education, usually without regard to whether or not they are legally qualified to vote. Their hope is that the new registrants will vote for whomever and whatever the party folks tell them to. And most of the time that is exactly what happens, especially since many of these new registrants won't ever go the the polls without someone from the party taking them (and reminding them of what choices to make).

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