Friday, April 29, 2016

If you don't vote in primaries, you have no right to complain

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.

I have worked the polls for many years in Elkhart County. This year I was a clerk working at North Side Gym. Once again I was asked to supply both Democratic and Republican ballots. When I told the people it was a primary and they needed to declare their party, some left in a huff.

I agree we need government by the people, but since such a small percentage of people vote in primaries we don't seem to show much interest in government by the people. If you don't vote in primaries you have no right to complain about our state.

We seem to need a civics class on what it means to vote.

Primaries are where it all begins. Maybe if there was more interest and participation it wouldn't take the vast amount of money to run for political office. Maybe money and greed wouldn't win the day.

If we want government for the people we need to get out there and participate, not just watch commercials.

Voting is a privilege that doesn't exist in many countries. Get involved! Don't just talk — do something!!