On Saturday, I visited Carrboro Town Hall and voted early in the 2012 election. Anyone who knows me or can read between the lines on this blog knows who I voted for. I don’t have any desire to explain why, or get into a debate over why your chosen candidate is better than mine.
This short post is my reminder to you to vote. It is a right and a privilege. Men and women have fought and died for that right. In the Middle East, a great surge of humanity has arisen to demand the right to vote. The outcome isn’t always pretty, as we’ve seen over and over again during the Arab spring. Even at it’s best Democracy is messy, and there is a certain trendy view of cynicism about voting: politicians, they are all the same, so why bother. The result of this has been stagnant voter turnout numbers barely edging above half the voting age population, even for hotly contested Presidential elections. In my lifetime, the voter turnout has only twice squeaked above 60% of the voting age population, as noted in Wikipedia (with all the caveats that signifies). In 2000, the voter turnout was barely above 50%, and we all know how well that turned out.
Call me old fashioned, but I believe Churchill was correct when he said “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” The only way to make it better, or to make it work at all, is to vote.