With election day one week away, my curiosity starts churning as I peruse over my absentee ballot I’ve been working on for about a week. How many people actually vote in America? How many people are registered to vote? How many are eligible but aren’t registered? Etc. So, being the researcher I am I head for Google, where you can’t believe everything you find but can get a pretty good idea of what’s going on concerning any particular subject you’re interested in. What I found was this approximation:
In the 2012 election there were 219 million eligible voters, of which only 67% were actually registered and only 58% of registered voters voted. That means there were 92 million people who didn’t vote who could have. NINETY-TWO MILLION PEOPLE DIDN’T VOTE! That’s astonishing to me. Have they all succumbed to the lie that their vote doesn’t matter?
For those of you who’ve never voted and may not know, it’s more than voting for the next president of the United States. You’re voting for congressmen, local government leaders, decisions about schools, business, taxes, and all kinds of other local subjects that directly affect you right now. If you are an absentee voter you should already have your ballot as it should have been mailed to you. If you aren’t it could be overwhelming to walk into a polling station thinking you’re going to vote for a president and the ballot is 4 pages long. It’s a lot to take in but you can go online and see what is on your ballot before you get to the poll so you will already know what your decisions are before you get there, it takes less time that way. Here are some links for Glenn and Butte counties for more information. I’ve also included Tehama county but couldn’t find updated information on the upcoming election so I’ve included a link where you type in your address and you should be able to view what will be on your ballot.
I don’t care for politics, history and government were my worst subjects in school, and I despise all the drama associated with it all. That being said, somewhere along the line I learned that voting was important, voting mattered, and voting was a right and a privilege. So, I’m carefully considering every mark on this ballot, even more so than in elections past, because it’s important.
Your vote matters, don’t let anyone tell you it doesn’t.