"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." Declaration of Independence
According to the 2013 Census there are 4,833,722 people in Alabama. Out of these 3.2 million are registered to vote. Only 22% turned out to vote in the June 3rd primary election. This was a dangerous sign of voter apathy in Alabama.
Alex Walsh reported on AL.com that only 613,000 Alabamians took the time to exercise their right to vote. That amounted to a miserable 1 out of every five Alabamians who cared about Alabama's future. A little over 180,000 Democrats and around 433,000 Republicans answered their civic duty on June 3rd. Voter apathy it seems crosses party lines.
The June 3rd primary was an opportunity to send many out of touch career politicians like Rep. Mike Hubbard home but the majority of Alabamians were nowhere to be found. State and local offices have a greater deal of importance than any federal election.
Alabamians need to get informed and do a little research on the candidates reputations and qualifications. It takes just a little time out of one's day to take part in an election. If you can't make it to the polling place utilize the absentee ballot.
Don't buy into the misconception that your vote doesn't count. Alabama House Seat District 90 was determined by a mere 75 votes. This is a sad state of affairs when one looks at the overall voter turnout. Every vote by every Alabamian counts and it is imperative that Alabamians get up, get out, and get active in the process.
Indifference and outright voter apathy is like a creeping cancer in Alabama politics. Just because one doesn't take an interest in politics; they shouldn't be so naive as to believe their apathy will make them immune to the decisions of bad politicians. The funny thing is that these are the first people to raise their voices to complain about the winner.
State and local leaders are responsible for the majority of decisions that affect our freedom and daily lives. Do not take the election of these individuals lightly. Take the time to research them and vote appropriately. If you don't take the time to exercise your freedom you have no right to complain. You are a part of the problem not the solution.
The July 15th runoff election will include:
- Secretary of State
- State Auditor
- One place on the Public Service Commission
- Several Legislative seats
Secretary of State Jim Bennett has predicted a measly 5% voter turnout and we should be ashamed if he is correct. Our economy and quality of life hang in the balance of every Alabama election. Is the future of your children and grandchildren worth the time? What say you, Alabama? Remember to take part on July 15th runoff and in the November general election.