Go Vote!

by Lisa Rosen on October 26, 2010

In case you hadn’t noticed (and if you haven’t, you need to come out from under your rock more often), there’s an election next week. So I’m here with a friendly reminder: GO VOTE.

I don’t care how you vote (well, I do, actually, but that’s not the point); the important thing is that you do. Our system of government (you know–the kind of government where power is determined by who gets the most votes, as opposed to who has the most guns) is dependent on the citizens holding up their end of the deal, and choosing the officials. It’s your responsibility.

If you think the government has nothing to do with you, you’re mistaken. Here in Wake County, in North Carolina, we elected a new round of city and county officials last fall. Voter turnout was 11.4 percent in the election, and 13.3 percent in the run-off. The new school board members redirected some long-standing policies and systems, resulting in a shift in philosophy that has rocked our county. Citizens are angry and upset, and school board meetings have become divisive and contentious. People have been arrested. It’s all a little insane, given that there was an election and only eleven percent of the population voted.

And if you don’t have kids in the school system, and you think the school board doesn’t matter to you, you’re mistaken. The school system’s reputation impacts your property values, and the tax base, and . . . the list goes on.

Voting is your chance to have an impact. The system works, but only if YOU participate.

In Wake County, early voting (which includes registration, if you aren’t already registered or if you’ve moved) runs through this Saturday. If you live elsewhere, check your county’s board of elections website to find out whether you can vote early. If you can’t, remember: election day is next Tuesday. Go vote!

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