By Susie Huhn, MA
Chief Executive Officer
Arizona primaries are over and as predicted we experienced very low voter turn out. Many people think that their vote does not matter. Imagine if everyone felt that way – we would never elect a president! There have been many, many elections – not just on a local level – that have been decided by less than 100 votes. So thinking that your vote does not count could not be farther from the truth. There is now time to register to vote and educate yourself on how you want to vote before the November elections.
Registration is available online, in person and by mail. To register online, citizens can visit www.azsos.gov and click the voter registration icon.
Do you complain about the policies of your children’s school? If so, ask yourself, “Did I vote for the members of our school board? Do I even know the members of the school board?” Change starts at a grass roots level, and all change starts by electing people to implement change, whether it is a mayor or a legislator.
Remember, too, when you are unhappy with the condition of your town’s roads, our school system, or the lack of services for vulnerable children and families – being involved, voting for and knowing your elected officials will enable you to voice your complaints to the appropriate representatives. You voted for them and they work for you.
Whether the excuse is apathy or laziness, voting has become a privilege that far many too Americans take for granted. The next time you neglect to vote, ask yourself how you would feel if you didn’t have a choice – to elect a president, or choose a job, or decide how many children to have. There are many countries where a person does not have a choice, and I’m sure they would gladly change places with you for the fundamental privilege of voting!