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Voters and veterans

By Deborah Lucas Angel

 

 

As of Nov. 8, 2011; there are 15,783 voters in Grant County.
On Nov. 7,  a mere 3,302 of them cast votes in the 2011 election.
Hmmmmm…  That’s about 21 percent of the voters actually voting.  Statewide there are 2,944,603 registered voters in Kentucky, approximately 843,028 or 30 percent cast votes on that Tuesday.  
People keep complaining day in and day out ad infinitum about the current state of the cities, counties, states and United States.  Yet, when time for the rubber to hit the road comes and the complaining folks can do something; they choose:  not.
Adding insult to injury; the Friday following the Voting (election) Tuesday was Veterans Day.  The day we recognize and remember those who serve and served so that we could live free—and vote.    
In our governmental system; each person has the right and responsibility to register and vote.  One person, one vote and there we have in our hand the most powerful tool in our freedom arsenal.  Something so very simple, yet so many of us simply don’t use it.
So what happens?  Who votes?  Statistics show that the farther realms of the political spectrum tend to be the ones that vote.  So, what about all those other people registered?  What about the other 80 percent of the Grant County voters?  Where are they on those Tuesdays?  Good question.
Yes, I voted.  I’ve voted in all but one election since I registered at 18 lo those many years ago.  I hear people comment about “oh, my vote will just be cancelled out.”  Sure, you can look at it that way, but look at what happens.  Folks with this attitude are simply letting luck and squeaky wheels rule their lives—literally.  Instead of taking charge and fulfilling their right of voting, they choose instead to fuss about the mess we have in politics.  When they choose not to vote, they allow people to be put in office that will be passing the laws and interpreting their wishes on a daily basis.  All with no true input from you because you chose not to vote.
The irony to me is many of the people that did not vote more than likely took part in a Veterans Day celebration.  Why is this irony?  Because the veterans gave up their lives so we could have the right and privilege to vote and so very many chose not to vote...
I voted and I belly ache and I observed Veterans Day.  I have that right.  If someone did not vote; do you really think they have any reason to belly ache?
(Deborah Lucas Angel is a contributing writer for the Grant County News. She lives in Corinth.)