If You Vote by Sign, Don’t Bother Voting

voting day

For weeks now, we’ve all driven around the county and seen the same things over and over and over again.

Vote for Joe!

Re-elect Jim!

Susie’s the one to turn this place around!

There sure are a lot of campaign signs. So many, in fact, that I’m wondering: what’s the point? 
Pardon me for being a bit of a downer, but does anyone really read election signs and say, “Huh, my neighbor thinks Billy Bob would be a good councilman, so I’m going to vote for him!”?
Familiarity with your name is more likely to get you votes on election day, if only because a number of voters go to the polls without bothering to inform themselves. They vote for the guy (or gal) whose name sounds the most familiar.
I get it.
And I’m depressed by it.
If you can’t be bothered do much more than read some signs on your way to work and vote for the one who has the prettiest, the most, or has landed some prime real estate in you best friend’s yard, might I suggest you just don’t vote?
Blasphemous, I know. Voting is something all Americans should do.
And yet, voting isn’t JUST your civic duty, folks. It’s one of those rights that makes living here in the good old U.S. of A. so grand.
With rights comes privileges too, a need to actually do a little digging into the whos and whats of campaign promises, to figure out who is going to be the best for the job, not just who had the most money to throw at signs.
Here’s the simple truth: your neighbor might be right. Joe or Jim or Susie might be the exact right person to vote for this November.
Then again, your neighbor may be Joe or Jim or Susie’s second cousin who just didn’t know how to say no to setting out a sign without starting off a family war. They could be voting for Tom or Dick or Sally instead, and they might be right to do it!

You can vote based on all of those signs; if you must.

Or you can actually make your vote count.

It’s your right. Use it wisely.

What do YOU think when you see a sign?

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  1. I completely agree. Waste of paper!

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