LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Exercise your freedom by voting in election

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

I have heard so many people over the years state that their one vote doesn't really make any difference and that politics are a big waste of time.

I have to admit I have not voted at every single opportunity. But I now would recommend voting in every election, because the privilege to vote is worth any "bother" it might require.

With the stresses and strife increasing in the local and national political scene, it is critical that people get involved. This spring I participated in our county caucus and later on was a delegate to the district and the state conventions. I was grateful to see firsthand that a common citizen such as me could be accepted in the process that I had only just heard about before.

Please exercise your freedom and liberty on Aug. 7 by voting in our primary election.

Rebecca Miller is a Columbia resident. Questions? Contact Opinion editor Elizabeth Conner.

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Michael Williams July 31, 2012 | 5:49 p.m.

I must admit I'm vaguely uncomfortable with letters like this. Is there anyone in the whole US who does not know they should vote? And that they can vote? And why they should vote?

Why do we need rah-rah-rah's to get us into the voting booth? I can see reminding a little boy he needs to aim properly...each time...but why do we need to remind adults that they should vote?

Don't we somehow usurp a bit of personal responsibility when we rah-rah-rah the voting electorate? Seems to me if a person wants to go vote, they'll get off their rear ends and do so.

In today's US with current US laws, I'm of the opinion that no one can disenfranchise a voter. Voters disenfranchise themselves, generally through inaction or inattention.

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Mark Foecking July 31, 2012 | 6:14 p.m.

Michael Williams wrote:

" Voters disenfranchise themselves, generally through inaction or inattention."

The number of people that might be disenfranchised by a photo ID requirement is an infinitesimal fraction of the voters that disenfranchise themselves. Virtually all elected officials, even ones that win by landslides, are elected by a minority (in many cases a REALLY SMALL one) of the eligible voting population.

I'm a big Frank Zappa fan, and in the 80's he used to have voter registration booths at his concerts, to get his fans more interested in participating in the political process. It was during that time that people lost interest - candidates and issues just weren't as important to them anymore. US voter turnouts have remained very low compared to most countries where they have regular elections.

It's a problem. If people don't vote, then they shouldn't complain.


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