Election is the time to be heard

The much-anticipated mid-term election comes to the nation on Tuesday and, despite the hype and attention surrounding it, we’re still a bit wary about how many people will actually go to the polls to have their say.

The last major general election day in this nation was the presidential vote in 2008. Many in the country were being swept away by now-President Barrack Obama and his message of hope, while others were being swept away by anti-Obama sentiment and an allegiance to the Republican party. There was fear that voting for a Democrat would cause terrorists to feel emboldened and attack us, and fear amongst the other side that the previous eight years of a Republican in the White House was ripping our country apart.

And still, there was only a 63-percent voter turnout for that election, according to the Center for the Study of the American Electorate, American University. Compare that to Australia, which had a 95-percent turnout, according to that same study.

There are many theories about why so many Americans decide not to vote. There is the opinion that some don’t vote because they’re satisfied with their individual lives and don’t really see the need to get involved. There is the theory that many people in this country are apathetic and really don’t care about who’s in office. And there’s another theory that many people believe his or her vote just doesn’t matter.

And there’s another belief that many people choose not to vote because they don’t see any candidates that interest them. We all know this belief — that people who decide to run for office are in it for themselves, and that both sides of our political machine are equally as unjust.

Our guess is that the relatively low turnout numbers are due to a combination of those theories. But, just to throw our thoughts out there, we believe there might be one other reason for the numbers.

There are many people who are interested in politics who either don’t have the time to get out and vote, or don’t make the time.

Those are the people that have to find a way to get out and vote on Tuesday. If you feel strongly about what’s going on in Washington, or not going on, then it is your civic responsibility to make the time to get your voice heard. If you’re interested in how things are done on Sussex County Council, or in the legislative halls of Dover, get out and vote.

It’s easy to feel that one vote gets lost in a national election — paticularly with the electoral college. But don’t think for a minute that one vote couldn’t make the difference in a local election. They often go to re-count, and are often decided by a handful of votes. If you care, make the time.