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Don't just stand there – cast a ballot on Tuesday

Posted 5/13/14

The primary election is Tuesday, May 20, and the number of voters who exercise their right to cast a ballot is likely to be small.

 

It’s typically lonely at the polls in an off-year – no presidential race, no mayoral races, no …

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Don't just stand there – cast a ballot on Tuesday

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The primary election is Tuesday, May 20, and the number of voters who exercise their right to cast a ballot is likely to be small.

 

It’s typically lonely at the polls in an off-year – no presidential race, no mayoral races, no races for borough councils, school boards, township supervisors or township commissioners – and not even a Democratic primary race for the governorship is likely to entice many voters to the voting booth.

 

That’s a shame.

 

Were we always so apathetic? Jaded? Lazy?

 

When did we start to treat our right to vote as a task too burdensome to perform?

 

Perhaps it was when candidates stopped coming forward. There are many races for Congress and the state legislature where candidates are unopposed for their party’s nomination, with only one exception: state Rep. Patty Kim faces challenger Gina Roberson for the Democratic nomination for the 103rd District seat representing Highspire and Steelton in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Other party nominations are even being sought. No one is on the ballot.

 

It may be a challenge for a citizen to circulate petitions to get on the ballot on their own, but it should be relatively easy for each party to marshal enough of its faithful to help, shouldn’t it?

 

In Middletown, there is a dearth of primary races – one Hummelstown resident, Steven Todd, is campaigning on Facebook, the soapbox of the 21st century, for enough write-in votes to claim the Democratic nomination for state representative in the 106th District and face incumbent Republican state Rep. John Payne in November’s general election. Otherwise, Middletown voters will find choices for some Republican and Democratic committee men and committee women posts in their ward as the only community races to be decided.

 

These grassroots posts can be important, too. They deserve your attention.

 

Get to the polls on Tuesday and vote. Exercise your right to elect representatives. Your right to have a voice in politics. Even if it costs you a little time.

 

Don’t let the opportunity pass. Don’t discard your right. It’s valuable.

 

Vote.

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