We, the people of the United States of America, are confronted with difficult decisions on who to vote into political power. Every time it seems to get more and more difficult to wholeheartedly back any candidate.
Regardless of whether the election is taking place at the local, state or national level it is not uncommon to be on the fence regarding whose box to check in the hopes of contributing to a candidate’s victory.
Everyone has a criteria they are looking for in a candidate that will determine whether or not said candidate receives the nod and majority to ascend into political power.
But what is alarming is the lack of turnout at the polls with any level of government — state or federal. Voting is a choice, yes, but an option? No.
The point is, if you are not voting you are not making any kind of impact on the results. Maybe you think that your vote is just a drop of water in the ocean, but in reality it is more like a drop into a pond.
Maybe none of the candidates fit your exact criteria and are overly radical, borderline insane or untrustworthy.
Electing any one of the three examples would just be a choice of the lesser of three evils, which, guess what, is better than not voting and having the greatest of all evils hold office for a term of four years.
Of course, there is more than one electoral season every four years, but for some reason, the state and local elections get swept under the rug and filed under “did not vote” for many.
If anything, state and local elections should have a turnout that can come close to matching the number of votes with the eligible population, but instead the final count of votes is just a fraction of what it could be.
According to a report from the California government, only 31 percent of California’s eligible voters cast their selection on ballots in 2014, meaning an overwhelming majority either was not aware or decided not to care.
Those same people who do not vote for whatever ludicrous reason are the same people who complain about the elected official until the term is over and the process starts over.
The non-voters then proceed to do what they do best, not vote, because no candidate is their perfect match on candidatechemistry.com and it is easier to just let the city, county or country take its course instead of actually being a contributing constituent of society.
By no means does this mean you should vote for the sake of a sticker, but vote because by boycotting or avoiding the polling booths you are helping whichever candidate you do not favor increase his or her chances.
Everyone eligible to vote has the choice to vote for whomever he or she may want, but voting is not an option.