Every Gaucho vote counts

Lariat Editorial Board

Everyone’s voice counts when it comes to an election year.

It may seem like your vote doesn’t matter in the sea of the millions of others, but that’s not the case. Voting is a privilege, an honor and a way to be a part of your country. It’s one of the few times when your opinion matters. The aftermath of the election concerns you whether you’re interested in going to the polls or not.

Gas prices, taxes, animal cruelty, gay marriage, abortion rights, nonviolent drug offenses, victims’ rights, alternative energy means, and the war-most of this influences your typical day, which means it will affect you.

If you lost someone or where in the recent Amtrak train crash then prop 1A should concern you. If you love animals or children than prop 2 and prop 3 should worry you.

If you have children or plan on having children, then props 4, 5, 6, 8, and 9 should interest you. Proposition 7 could change America’s means of energy.

This may not be intriguing to you, but it should involve you because in the end, it will affect you. You don’t need to stress over the difference between an initiative constitutional statute and an initiative statute, because you don’t necessarily need that information to make your vote. But by searching the Web for literally five minutes, you can become knowledgeable about each and every proposition. Spending another five minutes reading up on the presidential candidates can help you decide who you like best.

It’s not difficult, but it does take some minor efforts in order to be heard.

There are too many eighteen year olds who are more concerned with their ability to buy cigarettes and lottery tickets than their right to vote for the President of the United States. Anyone who doesn’t vote can’t complain about their Army friend being sent to Iraq, gas prices reaching an all time high, or any economic, agricultural, social, political, or financial issue.

Nonvoters should have to wear a sign that says, “I don’t care about my County” or “I have better things to do than vote.” If you don’t have an opinion, make one. Everyone else, VOTE!

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