There is no excuse for voter apathy

Vickie Harbula wrote, “Why bother vote? No one hears me anyway.”

She’s absolutely right – if she were the only one in the whole country who felt like that. But she’s not.

There are hundreds of thousands of people who feel the same way. They feel like their vote doesn’t count. Well it would count, if you just vote.

This past election I volunteered my time to work on the election board.

In my district, out of the 536 registered voters, only 50 people voted. That was only 10 percent of the voters who voiced their opinion. And what’s equally sad is that nobody thinks it’s important to vote in the primary when, actually, it is the most important election.

That’s where you decide who your candidates will be for your party.

This is where you can truly make a difference as to who you will vote into office in November – if you vote.

There is no excuse why you cannot vote.

The polls are open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

They are always located near where you live; children are allowed in the polls with you; all of the polls are handicapped accessible; and if you don’t know how to use the voting machine, there is always someone on the election board who will help you.

And if you are going to be out of town, there is always absentee voting.

So if there were over 400 people in my district who didn’t vote and 400 in nine other districts who didn’t vote, that’s over 4,000 people who didn’t vote.

Wouldn’t you say 4,000 people can make a difference?

By joining together, we can voice our opinion by voting, and we can make a difference. We can make a change – a drastic change.

Everyone is always talking about making a change, but they’re not making the effort to get out and vote. If you talk the talk, it’s time to walk the walk.

Next fall, walk to your local polling place and vote.

Lucinda Kelley, Altoona