8/27/12 - Voting - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

KFVS12 VIEWPOINT with TIM INGRAM

8/27/12 - Voting

Watch for ViewPoint segments on KFVS12 normally scheduled to air Mondays near the end of Heartland News at 6:00 & 10:00, and Tuesdays at 6:28 a.m. and near the end of Heartland News At Noon.

90 million Americans say they're not going to vote in the November Election. You heard right. 90 million. That story grabbed my attention when I saw it last week. A poll commissioned by USA Today and Suffolk University says 90 million eligible voters, two thirds of them registered to vote, will not even make the effort to go to the polls and cast a ballot. The number is appalling but when I saw the reason why, I was floored. 90 million of our countrymen won't exercise their right to vote because they are too busy.

One of the founding principles of our nation was one man, one vote. The American Revolution was fought to give us all the right of representation; the right to vote. Almost 100 years later African Americans fought for and earned that right. Women had to fight longer and eventually earned the right to vote in the last century. Thousands of soldiers and sailors have laid down their lives protecting our right to vote and there are countries today where citizens continue to fight for the right to cast a ballot. Yet 90 million of our countrymen won't go to the polls because they can't make the time.

Listen, we're all busy. We all have things that we must get done. One of them should be to exercise our rights as Americans to go to the polls and elect the men and women who represent us in government. If you plan to vote, good for you-but if you are one of the 90 million, mark your calendar now. Carve out a half hour on Tuesday, November 6th to go to the polls. It is your right and your responsibility as an American.

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