Voting — make it count

Guest CommentaryJuly 2, 2013 

The recent change regarding gay marriages got me thinking about our voting system.

Over the years, my children have sometimes commented that our vote really didn't count, especially with regard to the presidential vote, since the outcome is not based on an actual voting count but the electoral vote. I know, as I worked on the last presidential election and, as we were still counting the votes, the outcome was announced. The voters who had come in that day could have just stayed home and we needn't have worked.

I believe it should go back to counting each individual vote and making each vote count.

I'm not taking a stand of being for or against gay marriage. I have a gay granddaughter and I love her dearly. What I am taking a stand against is the fact that the California voters gave a definite "No" to the idea of gay marriage and did so twice.

Yet, the minority who lost did not like the outcome and took it to the state Supreme Court and are now getting it overturned. What happened to majority rules?

Is this going to create new guidelines in reference to our voting? "Don't worry, if it doesn't go our way, we'll just take it to the state Supreme Court and get it overturned."

Sound plausible? Voting percentages have been down over the past several years and such an incident as this only leads people to believe that, indeed, their vote does not count … so, why bother.

Voting is not just a freedom, but a duty. Women suffered punishment in the early 1900s trying to get the right to vote. It's a beautiful freedom, one which citizens of many other countries do not have. We should treasure it and abide by the voice of the majority.

I was happy to see that the states can now ask for ID from citizens when they vote. I have no problem with that. Our voting process should be protected from fraudulent voters who are not legal citizens.

California is now among the 11 states where there are more people on public assistance than there are employed. How long can this state function before it too has to declare bankruptcy?

I see us slowly losing some of our freedoms and I would hate to see us lose the freedom to vote. It seems that more often than not, our political representatives want to make decisions without giving us the opportunity to vote on the issues.

And, often, these issues benefit them. They even vote regarding their own pay raises. Wouldn't you love to do that? Isn't that a conflict of interest?

They're making decisions now in reference to our health care and the irony is that they aren't including themselves in that health care program. If it's so terrific, why aren't they a part of it?

Our representatives over the years have dipped into our Social Security to create entitlement programs to gain voters with money you and I paid, not them.

Also, the taxpayers paid for their special retirement programs, and wouldn't they have a fit if we suggested using some of those monies for entitlement programs.

I'm fairly sure that gay marriages will be happening in this state en masse as soon as they all get their licenses but, keep in mind, it is happening as a result of trampling on the voting rights of the citizens of California.

Voting should be left to the voting taxpayers and the decisions should stand. Please, do not give up your freedom to vote … stand up and be counted.

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