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Every vote really does count

October 24, 2012 - Linda Lobeck
I’ve been a little peeved lately with all the phone calls I have gotten at home from political groups and polling/survey people. Everyone is trying to find out who I plan to vote for in the Nov. 6 general election.

In a nice way, I’ve tried to tell them that it’s none of their business. I feel that voting is a privilege for living in a country where we have this right. As far as I’m concerned, it’s only me that is in the voting booth on election day. I feel like it’s an invasion of my privacy when people persist in trying to find out who I will vote for. I’ve been a voter for 34 years, and I have never needed anyone to help me decide who or what I support.

Working for a newspaper for 28 years has also taught me to remain unbiased in covering the news, interviewing politicians, and dealing with candidates, both locally and nationally. I refuse to put up signs for candidates on my lawn in front of my house even if I am for them or the issue they support. I have a position that requires me to remain neutral in all cases, and I take that responsibility very seriously.

It’s funny that these “do not call lists” that we’ve all signed up for in the past do not extend to the pollsters or the political parties. Why are they above what’s right or legal? I especially like the dozens of phone calls I’ve gotten with pre-recorded messages or a recorded poll asking you to push a different number in the phone so they can find out who you’re going to vote for. Do people really fall for these type of calls?

I’m sure the one “push poll” person that called me one night was a bit frustrated that I didn’t get swayed by the way the questions were worded to agree with what he was saying. For me, that is the worst type of polling — one that is slanted one way to get the results they want. And then that information is disseminated showing that voters are in favor of an issue or a candidate. How is that reputable or even close to presenting a true view of what people think?

Many people on different social media sites have indicated they can’t wait until Nov. 7. But not me — I enjoy the elective process — observing the candidates and reading up on the issues so I can be an informed voter on Nov. 6. It’s a right and one that I take seriously.

I guess I can credit my parents, especially my Dad, for instilling this interest and desire in me at an early age. We would have conversations where he would challenge my thinking and investigative skills when it came to politics. I can remember feeling a sense of pride when I voted for the first time in 1978. And I still feel that way about living in this free country where my vote counts.

There have been many times that my candidate for president didn’t get into office, but I’ve always had respect for the office. I’ve never used inappropriate language and slurs when referring to the President of the United States. I wish more people felt that way. There have been many times in the past I also haven’t agreed with the actions and views of the current president. But instead of attacking him, I have used my power as a voter to show my displeasure on election day. That’s where it should happen and not in other venues.

To everyone that is 18 years and older, I hope you use your right to vote on Nov. 6 — every vote does count.

 
 

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