Voters Frustration vs Civic Duty

Voters Frustration vs Civic Duty

If you voted today, have you ever seen a lineup of more undesirable candidates? I understand why voter turnout is low and peoples frustrations. Gasoline prices are rising and its not even officially spring yet, our taxes are out of control and our politicians are corrupt. Did I mention how bad our streets and civil infrastructure is?

Yet in election time so many politicians sling mud about "the other guy/gal" and make pie in the sky promises that Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny & the Tooth Fairy couldn't even keep.

I live in Northeastern Will County which is "Tea Party Central", but still you look up and down the ballot and its a case of which politician will do the least harm or who I dislike the least. Democracy has given way to "Dolloarocracy" and of course on the Democratic side "The Machine" is still running strong.

But my own complaints aside, having several candidates and liking none of them has made me do more homework on who these people are, where did they come from, how did they fill out their questionaires for the newspapers (and yes someone on my ballot was disaqualified by a newspaper for incorrectly doing that newspapers's candidate survey), and what do they stand for?

Despite me being in the southwestern suburbs, still not many candidates come out and go door to door, there's a forum here or there but not many politicians at the Metra Station so its up to us voters to be informed.

I wouldn't be suprised to see turn out at record lows, though out here in "Tea Party Land", people do vote and know what they are voting for. I live in a small precinct at the end of a subdivision and when I voted around 6 P.M., a steady stream of voters came in and out of the polling place. My ballot was # 186, so not bad for the people out here.

Still that's a far cry from the long line I stood in 2008 to vote for president but my neighbors walked in today with a determination to make their vote count.

I'll be honest, I was tempted not to show up and do my civic duty today, fed up with "poitics as usual", tired from work and thinking "what does my one little vote do?"

But then I thought of my ancestors in Louisiana who for years couldn't vote and had every obstacle possible put in their way to vote. I thought of making a informed vote today and of my poitical assertive brother in law who texted me this morning about a candidate he's known for years and wanted me to support.

Trust me I know more than one person who either doesn't believe in voting or only votes for bigger elections and that's their choice but for me this is not something I take lightly, too much bad history. I mean the Voting Rights Act of 1965 had to be inacted to make voting down south actually accessible to all and recently its been reduced.

I'm not trying to tell people what to do, just to understand that we are all frustrated and maybe not in love with who's running for office but see what's at stake and be aware of the issues and people that we'll have to contend with the next few years.
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