Get Out and Vote

Every time I read the statistics I’m amazed.  Out of roughly 231 million eligible voters in the U.S. about 71% are registered to vote.  Of those registered between 85-90% of them will vote in any one election.  Yet, 100% will complain.

One of the most important rights in a democracy is the right to vote.  Perhaps we trust the rest of our countrymen not to do anything stupid during an election, therefore, some perceive their vote as unnecessary.

More troubling is the sustained voter apathy caused by whatever reason, or the feeling that a single vote cannot lead to change. This may have several root causes, but one of them can certainly be found in the education of our youth.

Another may be sheer laziness for it takes some effort to educate yourself on the candidates and the issues.  Self education, one can only assume,  is lacking given the Neanderthal-like campaign commercials found on nightly television.  Really, do they think I’m THAT stupid?

Excuses not to vote are going by the wayside.  It has become much easier to vote with early voting and mail-in ballots.  I suspect it won’t be too long before we all will be voting on our smart phones too because, after all, if they will let you on an airplane with a code they should be able to count your vote.

Whatever the excuse this November cast it aside.  Voting is an education and you will feel like you have a stake in the country.  Get out and vote.

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About Mike

Mike has been an executive in the biotechnology industry for the past 20 years. Mike is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, earning Bachelors degrees in Business Economics and Geography. Mike also earned his MBA in Finance from California State University, Fresno. Mike is married to the mother of his 3 children and currently lives outside of Boulder, CO. In his spare time Mike enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, reading and coaching basketball.
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