Editorial: Your opinion matters; make the time to vote

The Lima News

Don’t sit there without voicing your opinion on the direction your school district, the state of Ohio and the rest of the nation should take.

Make the time to express your point of view today and vote. The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. That is 13 hours.

Many Americans take voting for granted — and then they’re surprised politicians and political parties take them for granted. We’re not going to tell you that you lose your right to complain if you don’t vote, but you better believe politicians know who among us votes — and how regularly we do so.

Senior citizens vote. Politicians know this.

Young people don’t vote anywhere near as frequently. Politicians also know that too.

It is a contributing factor in the huge deficits facing America today. Both major parties have politicians who throw tax money at the program that will gain them favor of their core constituents, which isn’t necessarily all of the people who they represent. The idea is to make those people happy with all kinds of programs. Nevermind the person who has to figure out how to pay off the credit card is the next generation of elgible voters.

We understand why so many people are disheartened by the political system. Instead of political advertisements trying to invoke an intelligent discussion about the difficult decisions ahead, we are treated to night after night of negative campaign ads filled with half truths. Many are outrageous, idiotic and plainly insulting.

All of that makes it is easy to sit back and say you’re so disgusted that you’re not going to vote. But what does that accomplish?

The demand for serious, responsible candidates begin with a populace that is involved. There is no greater involvement than taking the time to vote. It is the great equalizer. Your vote is just as important as that of the CEO of the nation’s largest corporation.

Ohioans today choose their governor for the next four years. We’ll also be voting on an important statewide issue that will have a huge impact on how we deal with the opioid crisis.We’ll select statewide officeholders, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and a U.S. senator. Locally, decisions will be made about school levies.

This is no time to ignore your most fundamental and crucial civil responsibility.

If you haven’t done so already, please vote.


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