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Why I don’t vote

Published 9:12am Thursday, July 17, 2014

I don’t want my voice heard.

I don’t want to express my opinion in how my government works. I don’t like that I have to prove that I am able to express that opinion in how my country’s business is conducted. I want to be part of the approximately 2,200 registered voters in all four precincts in Niles that stays home and complains about everything wrong with our government.

I don’t like that Michigan has finally “come of age” and joined the digital community by using computers to verify that a voter is registered. I don’t like that Michigan is also ADA compliant by providing a way for voters who are impaired, who need to be able to sit to fill in their ballot and a computer fills in the blanks for them.

Let’s go back to the big lever and having to pull the lever for each open position on that big heavy voting machine so the curtain closes. Let’s go back and have people commit fraud because they can vote without an ID.

Let’s make it very difficult to vote.

Oh wait! Just think about the recent Virginia primary where a seated elected official was unseated and lost the power he had as Whip because people like me stayed home. The turnout for that election was small then there were complaints that he lost. What happened? Those other voters stayed home. They didn’t voice their opinions. They forgot that they are the government.

I am amazed that in most elections in Niles the turnout is less than 250 voters in each of all four precincts. I am personally very glad that Michigan has provided a way for those who need an alternative to vote whether they are impaired to be able to cast their opinion in their government. I also am happy that computers are used to verify that someone is eligible to vote in that precinct.

No voter fraud here. Absentee ballots are available.

I am proud that Michigan cares enough about the voter to make it better for them.

Oh yes, I did vote in the last election. I haven’t missed an election in more than 15 years. I am my government.

So, stay home and those of us who take the time and effort to will dictate be your government until you decide to take a larger part in my and your government.


Janet Personette


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