NBC12 VIEWPOINT: Why You Shouldn’t Vote (I’m Joking!)

By: Kym Grinnage email

I am here to talk to you about why you shouldn't bother to vote next Tuesday! Does that surprise you that I feel that way? Well it should.

If you know me at all, you should know that I truly believe that voting is a right, a privilege and a responsibility. Yes, I have heard every reason under the sun this year about why people are planning on staying home. "My vote doesn't matter." "You can't trust politicians."

And the most popular reason: "We have two of the worst candidates in history running for president."

I respect your right to feel that way, and I would agree that we have two very flawed candidates representing the two major parties. But Election Day is bigger than both of them. Let's be honest, it's really about you, the country you live in, the freedoms you enjoy and yes, it's also about your right to say you don't want to vote.

But it's more than just the Presidency. It's about the Congress, the mayoral race, your school boards, and your local government. It takes courage to be responsible and to do the right thing. Ask your kids if it matters.

On Wednesday morning, look in the mirror and say, "I took care of business, I voted and let democracy take care of the rest."

But if you don't vote, please don't complain to me about the government you don't care about. Just walk on by.

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