The electoral time has been so different this year that I decided to read my own editorial from October 2008.
The first sentence that hit me was “People are really excited about this coming election. As the election date gets closer, more and more people have decided to register and vote”.
In contrast I don’t see the same excitement today. I also do not see the record numbers of young people involved in the campaign, or people from diverse backgrounds following the issues and debates and attending rallies and meetings.
Why is it that people are not excited and involved in this election? And, if they are not what could the consequences be?
Four years ago my main questions was: What happens after the election?
When the political headquarters on Main Street close their doors, the rallies and the political campaign ceases what happens to all the excitement and participation?
It worries me to think of those post-electoral times, when people have that feeling of “Now the elected ones have all the responsibility they should know what to do.”
Is that what happened? After the recession hit almost everyone, we turned to a survival mode and we used all our energy and time trying to keep afloat.
Four years have elapsed and for many the dreams and hopes went under with their houses, jobs and savings.
Did we think that whoever won the election would have the magic wand to turn around the huge deficit caused by the war expenditure? Did we expect that the financial crisis that has impacted the western world was going to spare the US economy? Did we think the situation was going to change over night?
If the situation has started to improve lately, do we allow Obama to continue what he started?
If you have the right to vote and decide not to do so, then what other options are there to be heard?
If you are a new citizen because you have taken oath to become a national, this is one of the rights you are entitled to.
Please take the trouble to inform yourself about the issues. If you have not registered to vote, go ahead and do so, and then on Election Day, be a citizen and vote.
October 9, 2012: Voter Registration Closes for November 2012 General Election
November 6, 2012: General Election Day
You have the right to vote in Indiana if:
You are both a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana; and
You will be at least 18 years of age on or before the next General or Municipal Election, and
You are not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime; and
You have lived in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election; and
You are registered to vote.
Register to vote online by visiting http://www.indianavoters.com/. Indiana residents with a valid Indiana driver’s license or Indiana state-issued identification card will be able to use this tool to submit a new voter registration application or to update an existing voter registration record.
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