If voting were an exclusive club, would you qualify to be a member?

What if there was suddenly a law that only those who had voted faithfully in previous elections, would now be able to vote in all future elections?  If you hadn’t been voting, how would that make you feel?  Would you feel excluded and cry “discrimination”, “unfair”, “not the American way”?

There already is a voting club.  The people who vote actually get to pick who runs our government — from township trustees to the president of the United States.

And you can be excluded — but, at least so far, the only person who can exclude you is … yourself!

Choosing who runs their government is a privilege that many people in the world wish with all their heart they had.  We are so blessed that we do have that privilege.

It’s not too late.  Join the club.  Vote every time you can, as if  your freedom depends on it.  Because it does.

11 Responses to If voting were an exclusive club, would you qualify to be a member?

  1. C. Beth says:

    Good post! When I first was voting, I focused primarily on the big elections but I’ve done more of the smaller ones in the last couple of years too. It helps that with this house & our last one, the polling locations have been VERY close!

  2. Sandra says:

    Beth — You certainly weren’t alone in thinking the BIG elections were the most important. But when you think about it, picking the candidates in the primary is really more important, so that you have the best candidates to choose from in the general election! I’m glad you’re voting in both now (and it certainly does help when your polling place is close. Ours is too.)

  3. Linda says:

    A good and timely reminder!

  4. Hilary says:

    Well put, Sandra. We just had our federal elections yesterday. I cringed at the options, and though one of those options was to not vote, I still marked a ballot. It would just be wrong not to indulge in this freedom.

  5. Sandra says:

    Linda — Thank you. I haven’t heard yet if we had a better turn-out than the 18 percent that was predicted. I hope so.

    Hilary — I totally agree. And I think it’s great that you went ahead and voted even though you didn’t like your choices. I do think that there are lots of people who would use that as an excuse to not vote.

    BTW, I wonder what the statistics are regarding the voting record of people who have served in the military and their families (e.g., their moms like you and me). I would guess it may be better than the average for that group.

  6. Suldog says:

    Very well written. I keep telling the people who want term limits that we have them already. It’s called elections. And if you want someone out of office, get the votes.

  7. Sandra says:

    Amen, Suldog. 🙂

  8. carlahoag says:

    I can scarcely believe it when I hear friends say that they never vote because they aren’t interested in politics. When we don’t vote, we get what we deserve.

    We faithfully vote in every county, state and national election (can’t vote in the town elections because we live outside the city limits). However, to our detriment, we never vote in the school board elections because the candidates are unfamiliar to us – and that’s our own fault. I hope to do better. Thanks for the reminder.

  9. Sandra says:

    Carla — Many times over the years I’ve heard Christians say that they don’t vote because politics are “dirty”. Of course, they didn’t say that directly to us after Hubby ran for sheriff, but that seems to be the attitude of many Christians. But if I DO hear one of them say that, I tell them that if all Christians voted their values, it would KEEP politics from being “dirty”. And btw, we met many hard-working, honest people in politics, along with some of the others. I think one of the reasons Hubby was such a popular Sheriff is that people could see that he was honest and always tried to do what was best for the community, whether it served his own best interests or not.

  10. carlahoag says:

    Running for office is not easy – the candidates make themselves vulnerable to personal attacks. I don’t worry about the ones who are corrupt, but the ones who aren’t.

    Thanks to both you and your husband for your service in contributing to our system of government. I wish more people like you guys would participate.

    And you’re absolutely right, if Christians voted their values – this country would not be in the sad shape that it is.

  11. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Carla. Overall, it was a good experience for both of us.

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