Column by TRACI CALDWELL
It doesnâ€™t matter. As long as you vote.
Midterm elections historically see lower voter turnout than presidential elections. However, with a dismal Iraq policy, indications of an economic slump, a failing public education system and a lack of healthcare for millions, it is more important than ever to exercise your right to vote.
Groups have fought for the right to vote since the beginning of this countryâ€™s history.
In the past, poll taxes, gender and literacy requirements have excluded different groups from their democratic right to vote. Considering the fact that many people have fought for this right – sometimes shedding blood, sweat and tears – today’s apathy is amazing.
When asked why people do not vote, the answers are usually lame: “The lines are too long. My vote wonâ€™t make a difference. Iâ€™m too busy.â€ Etc, etc.
By not voting, you do a disservice to yourself, your family, your community and this nation.
It doesnâ€™t matter who you vote for, but make sure you take the time on November 7th and go to the polls.