Make your voice heard in May primary election
Editor, The News:
With elections right around the corner, I feel that it’s important to spend a few minutes thinking about the impact of voting and being registered to vote. As an Independent Living Coordinator, I work with people with disabilities on a daily basis who are constantly telling me that their vote doesn’t matter. Individually, we feel that our single voice isn’t enough to make a difference.
Lawrence County has a population a little north of 87,000 residents. According to the Lawrence County website, we had 48,267 residence signed up to vote in the 2018 primary and only 9,931 votes cast. It always makes me wonder how different our election results might be if all of those votes that “don’t matter” would have been cast.
As an advocate, I’ve learned a very important fact about speaking with state and local government officials. They want to hear from the people that contribute to their election. Someone from their district who is registered to vote and actively expressing their opinions—by voting. At the end of the day, exercising my right to vote also earns me the right to expect the time and attention of the people I am voting to represent me. It is democracy in action, and the power of a single voice can sometimes make all the difference.
May 21 is voting day for municipal primaries. If you aren’t registered to vote now, I urge you to consider doing so. You can be registered and choose not to vote, but if you aren’t registered, you don’t even have the option! I hope to see us crack records across the board. Step up and make your single vote matter!
Disability Options Network
(Editor’s note: April 22 was the last day to register to vote in the May primary.)