Better East Texas: Your vote counts

Better East Texas: Your vote counts

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - When does your vote count less? Ever thought about that question?

Probably not, but if you are considering sitting on the sideline for this year's presidential election, don't. Recent and continuous opinion polls show that Americans really don't like either of the major party candidates. Their negatives outweigh their positives and it is causing talk of masses of Americans not voting.

So herein lies the problem with that approach. First of all, we should vote, in every election we can. Lives have been lost to give us that right and when we disregard it, we are disregarding those who sacrificed all. Next, if you don't vote, there may be other casualties because there are great representatives all along the ballot and refusing to vote for any of them, just because we don't like the presidential options is damaging our system as well.

Finally, if we don't vote, we give power to special interest groups that are organized and committed to getting their candidates elected and that may create very unpopular and even offensive agendas. Thanks to social media, hate groups and special interest groups are very educated on who to vote for that will advance their platforms.

If the majority of Americans sit on the sideline, our votes count less and the majority rules provision of our democracy is pushed aside. Hate and special interest cannot determine the course of our country – so be prepared and educated and vote in every election you are eligible to vote in and that will make for a Better East Texas.

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