Backwards Voting Logic

About a week ago when I went in a local mechanic to get my car inspected, I noticed that their office contained a handful of yard signs for our Republican nominee for Delegate, Tony Wilt.  As I’m always looking for an opportunity (or excuse depending on your point of view) to discuss politics, I made a comment to the woman working behind the counter about the race.  I asked her if she was planning on voting for Tony.  Her response was that she wasn’t planning on voting at all.  She stated that she only votes in “important races” like the one for President.  Although such a viewpoint is common, it still makes little sense to me for several reasons.

Sure, the President is a lot more powerful position than a Senator, Delegate, or a Mayor, but which of these leaders are more likely to know who you are and know which issues are important to you?  Think about it.  Take me for example.  In my years of political involvement, I’ve met a lot of Delegates, a handful of State Senators, a few Representatives, and even a U.S. Senator or two…but never a President.  How about with voting?  Time to roll out the numbers.  In the 2008 election, there were approximately 131,000,000 votes cast for President.  In 2009, there were 15,510 votes cast for Delegate in the 26th district.  Tell me, a vote in which election carries more value?  When is your vote more important?  When it is 1 out of 15 thousand or 1 out of 131 million?  Then again, as we don’t elect the President through the popular vote, but rather through the Electoral College, depending on whether or not you live in a battleground state, your vote likely carries even less weight.

The bottom line is the following.  Although it may seem glamorous to only cast your vote when it is time to elect the “leader of the free world” (I hate that term by the way), in all truthfulness, such a vote is a mere drop in the vast ocean of ballots.  If you really want to make your vote and your voice count, take the time to vote in smaller state and local elections.  The turnout is lower and you might actually be able to make a personal connection with the candidates.  So, fellow citizens of the 26th, I urge you to become informed in the nine days we have left and then get out to the polls on June 15.

3 Replies to “Backwards Voting Logic”

  1. while you stop short of an endorsement here, i’ve gotta assume your supporting wilt and subsequently say that i’m really surprised that you think he’s our best option in this one. i was thinking that your lack of coverage thus far indicated that i could still count on intellectual conservatives not to be shills when our party is running a clearly inferior candidate.

  2. I certainly hope that you don’t consider me a party shill.

    It is interesting to see the reaction both positively and negatively regarding Mr. Wilt. Obviously you don’t care much for him. May I ask your reasoning? Also, who, if any of the candidates, do you like and why?

  3. sorry, i don’t think that you blindly follow the party’s dictates and i shouldn’t have made that insinuation. from the get go, the way the primary was handled left a bad taste in my mouth (it makes it look as though the powers that be decided they’d like to have a malleable candidate and went about ensuring that it would be so, even if that’s not the case). while i’m sure mr. wilt is a nice and generally good human being, i’d prefer to have someone who is more articulate and has some sort of previous experience in government. i’ll stop short of commenting on education because i don’t mean to sound elitist (and i certainly have my issues with certain aspects of higher ed), but i will say that other roles in our society which share similarly substantial responsibilities and expectations frequently require degrees exceeding a bachelor’s. on a more specific note, i find his potential conflict of interest and pledge to abstain from votes pertaining to regulation of oil/gas drilling concerning. whether or not we’re going to extract resources from the bergton area (and if they’re there, it seems like we most likely are), i have a difficult time believing that the person advocating for our interests being unable to vote is the best possible outcome (additionally, i think that mr. wilt and his campaign have shown some political ineptitude in the way the whole thing has been handled).

    i want someone who will communicate with the constituency and give a great deal of consideration to their concerns. i think it’s a lot harder to be that individual when victory all but guarantees a career seat. in the end, i think that there’s one candidate who has a lot of potential to have a really positive impact on this area (and the way in which people perceive this area) and i don’t think mr. wilt is that candidate.

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