So yesterday was a voting day in my town, and I got my “I Voted” sticker but it looks like too many others failed to do so. When I walked into the polling place, there were only five people and four of them were poll workers. This around 2pm, so perhaps people showed up to vote around noon…that’s what I hoped. However, when I fed my ballot to the voting machine, there was a number on the small screen.
If I read it correctly, it said only there were only 56 votes, and my vote changed it to 57, so far. Late afternoon, and there had only been 57 votes? Mind you, yesterday our city was voting for the next mayor and only 57 people voted by 2pm? Yes, this is a small city and yes, there are a number of other voting places throughout the city, but that number left me feeling disappointed.
I live on the east side of the city and there is so much work that needs to be done (dilapidated buildings, busted up streets, etc). We all know that the voting numbers are low when it’s not a presidential race, but that is so backwards. People have to vote during the local and state elections because that’s where the real change happens. Don’t wait for the presidential election to rush to the polls and then get mad and frustrated when your particular neighborhood is in a crisis. You should get up and vote every chance you get.