Here we sit, several days after Election Day, and, in Northern Kentucky, the pollsters are shocked at the results. Polls had clearly indicated a win for the Democratic candidate for Governor and the Republican candidate came out the winner.
One commentator said, “it makes us question if polling parameters are changing”. If polling is like business in general, of course it is changing. As I’ve blogged in the past, change is a fact of life.
However, the results of this election also indicated that getting out the vote is critical. In Northern Kentucky, we have been lazy about getting to the polls in previous statewide elections. But, this year, we significantly increased the number of voters from our area. Since Northern Kentucky is heavily Republican, I believe that’s what changed the expected outcome. The pollsters didn’t expect this increased voter turnout.
Just goes to show that your vote does matter. A few days before election day, a reporter cited at least 10 recent examples of elections that were decided by one vote across our nation. One vote! This truly is an example of where each and every person’s vote counts!
As voters, we should have several focuses during election cycles:
- Know the candidates – what do they stand for, what is their past experience, what are their promises?
- Get out and vote – as a citizen of the United States of America you have the awesome privilege of being able to speak your mind and cast your vote. Don’t take this privilege lightly.
- If you don’t vote, don’t complain – that’s rather like the parent who is constantly criticizing his child’s soccer coach or referee. If you don’t like what you see, then step up and volunteer to do it yourself. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain about the results of the election process.
- If you don’t like your representation, then do something about it – run for election, hold fundraisers for candidates you like, ring doorbells and make phone calls on a worthy candidate’s behalf.
- Let your voice be heard – not just at election time, but all year round. Participate in your local government by attending city council meetings, writing letters to the editor, reading the local news and understanding the issues, volunteer to help improve your community.
We are blessed to live in the greatest country on earth. People risk life and limb to gain entry into this great nation because of many things, some of which include:
- Freedom of speech
- Freedom of religion
- Right to bear arms
- Right to elect our representatives
If they’re willing to die to attain these benefits, shouldn’t we at least get involved and get out and vote for those who determine our futures?