It's Saturday morning, and normally I'd be in my deer stand. Except for a couple of things. First, I'm not mad at those deer, I'm going to give them a break today.. Second, Milady and I made other plans today and in a few hours we're going to get in the car and head east, toward Mississippi. We're going to spend the day in Natchez, LA, look at something different, play together the whole live-long day. And it's voting day.
Before we leave for our play-day, we're going to vote. We're electing a US Representative today, for the US 5th District and because that's the only thing on the ballot, it's going to be a low-turnout vote. In elections like this, every vote counts. I've seen small rural elections turn on one vote. I've also looked at balloting for different types of elections, and I'm amazed at the people who vote once a year, or once every four years. Sometimes small elections, like this one, have less than half the registered voters show up at the polls.
We had one election recently, where the locality had 8500 registered voters, and they were voting on a vital economic initiative and less than 2400 people actually showed up to pull the lever. What's up with those other 6000 people? Too busy? Too apathetic? Too stupid? Well, those 6000 have no reason to complain if they didn't show up at the polls. They let other people make the decision for them.
Go vote, Louisiana. It's important.