Discourse / Editorials / October 20, 2010

Thoughts from the Embers: Count your vote

Elections are coming up. On Nov. 2, thousands of people will make their way to polls or send in their absentee ballots to vote for their candidates.

If you don’t plan on voting, we’d like to ask you what your excuse is. If the vast array of online, radio and newspaper resources isn’t enough, or talking to people you know that have become experts on the candidates they are going to vote for isn’t enough, what is your excuse? Perhaps it’s that you missed the deadline to fill out an absentee ballot. Even if that is the case, you can still register now to vote in Knox County.

Executive Director at the Galesburg Election Commission Lisa Watson said that a grace registration period is now in effect.

“[This] means that from Oct. 6 through Oct. 26,” those who want to register to vote in Galesburg can, “they just have to vote the same day at the same time that they register.”

To do so, go to the Public Safety building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. On Saturdays, enter through the Public Safety Building door, not the door to City Hall, as it will be locked.

There is no excuse not to be informed unless that excuse is laziness. It’s understandable to not know every single detail about what every candidate stands for; there is still time to learn. But what counts is that we all take the time from now until November to learn about the candidates available and put our knowledge to use.

So far this term, Knox students have participated in a rally against the Tea Party, and there has been at least one column in our Discourse section about the Tea Party. Protesting is one thing, but using your vote to actively protest against people you disagree with getting elected is entirely different.

For example, if you’re someone who’s a big fan of rights for women, here’s something that might inspire you to learn about candidates and vote: Bill Brady, the Republican candidate for Illinois Governor, is against abortion even in cases of rape and incest, and against birth control methods being covered by insurance companies. It’s not the best idea in the world to be a single-issue voter, but choose an issue you care about and use it as your entry into learning what else these candidates stand for.

Whatever you decide, whether you stand firmly or lean slightly towards Democrats, Republicans, the Green Party or Libertarians, decide in a way that will affect the election. Get out and vote.

TKS Staff

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