Do you get the feeling that casting a vote has become a huge chore this year? Although voting used to be a routine task, conducted at leisure in a local precinct, this year it has been beset by troubles.
–long lines for in-person voting
–social distancing regulations
–lack of polling places
— slow mail delivery
–suspicious observers at the polls
Is it worth taking the time to vote?
Two centuries ago, when our first voting systems were set up, officials tried to make it easy for people. A November election was convenient because the harvest would have been completed, but the worst of winter would not yet have arrived. And all the voting and counting would be finished before the new year began.
Times have changed. For most people Tuesday is an inconvenient time to vote. Unlike colonial farmers who set their own calendars, most people today work Monday to Friday. But many states cling to an outmoded history and have not changed to reflect the way people live in the 21st century.
Some state and local government officials are not trying to make voting more convenient or easier for citizens. They are trying to make it more difficult. Many seem intent on preventing people from voting. But there are ways to get around this.
You only need to vote in the races you care about. Be sure to vote for one of the candidates for President. That’s the vote that counts most.
For Senators and Representatives, you should normally vote for candidates who will support your presidential choice. That’s the way work gets done in Washington.
You don’t need to vote every line on the ballot. If you don’t recognize the names of the people running for the school board, just leave them blank.
If you live in a state that asks you to make a choice on a long list of ballot measures, skip the ones you don’t know or care about. Let elected officials make those complicated decisions. That’s what they get paid for.
THERE IS NOT MUCH TIME LEFT—VOTE FOR THE DECISIONS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU AND DO IT NOW!
IT’S YOUR VOTE SO DO IT YOUR WAY.