Archive for Thursday, November 2, 2000

Make yourselves heard Tuesday in the voting booths

Editorial

November 2, 2000

At the risk of sounding redundant, we remind everyone that Tuesday is election day -- a day that will shape Amerca`s future for years to come.

The right to vote, to have a say in the way our government is run is an unalienable right put forth by our founding fathers.

It is amazing the number of people who take this right for granted.

In August, fewer than one of every four registered voters in Eudora took the time to cast his or her vote.

That`s pathetic.

Voting is not only a right, but an obligation. A democracy cannot truly be such unless the voice of the people -- all people -- is being heard.

With a new president being decided on Tuesday, the statistics will be higher, but there are still people out there who will choose not to vote.

Too many people, in fact.

In reality, one vote in a national election doesn`t make a difference, but when 80 percent of the voting population chooses not to visit the polls, there is a problem.

A whole bunch of single votes can make a difference. If every voter took that into account, it wouldn`t take long for him or her to realize that every vote is counted -- one by one.

We urge everyone to make themselves heard on Tuesday and vote. The right to vote has caused bloodshed and revolutions in other countries. It is held in high regard by others.

To flaunt it as a waste of time is truly reprehensible. We live in the world`s greatest country because of the freedoms we enjoy. Voting is one of those freedoms.

Try to remember that on Tuesday.

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