As we move closer to the Presidential Election on Nov. 6, absentee ballots can be applied for, and early voting begins on Oct. 15. We are hearing about some people who have yet to decide how they will cast their vote. The sad issue for me, in every election, is the number of people who do not vote.
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Often in this column, I have spoken about rallying people to go to the polls and cast a ballot. In every election we are told it is rare to have even half of the people who are registered to vote take the time to exercise that freedom and vote.
Why would any person be registered to vote and then make a decision not to vote? The answer to that question continues to haunt me. Daily, we are being bombarded with information about candidates, platforms, and positions of the candidates, with polls letting us know the chances of the candidates. I have often said, “The only poll that counts is on election day.” Casting our vote is our way of expressing our opinion as to the person we believe best represents our values. Refusing to vote just because our first pick or the best candidate (in our opinion) is not on the ballot is to surrender the freedom that has been given to us to vote by those who fought and died that we would be able to vote our values.
We can dig into the personalities and the positions of candidates discovering there is no such thing as a perfect person or candidate for any office. That being true does not relieve us from the responsibility to vote. In my lifetime, where I have voted in every election (except one run-off election when I was young and immature), I have never found the perfect candidate. The reality is this earth has never had but one perfect person to walk among us, and he was crucified.
These several weeks before the election, I am pleading with you to become engaged, to make up your mind according to your personal values, and determine now you are going to vote in this election. I have made up my mind as to how I will vote. I have read the platforms of the major political parties to see where they placed their values and determined which one is best aligned with my values. I urge you to do the same.
I often hear from people playing what I call, the “What if game.” What if this happens or that happens, or as we get closer to the election, certain things are exposed about this candidate or that candidate, will you still vote the same way? That can be a very dangerous game to play. A vote is not a vote until it is cast. I feel confident in my choice and look forward to casting my vote. From where I stand, now is the time to decide to vote in this election.
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