Take Your Time...
My wife and I have been voting in Owen County for only a handful of years now, but I cannot tell you how much more satisfying it is to vote in an area in which you actually can get to know the candidates. In larger cities, no matter how much one reads there is still a feeling of being “in the dark” about some of the people running. What I find hard to understand is why anyone here in Owen County would spend only ten seconds in the booth and vote a straight ticket. For the primary election in May, everyone takes time to choose whomever they wish to represent their party in the election; why not take the same time in November to decide the county’s representatives?
We are so fortunate to be able to vote for people with whom we have had conversations with in Babbs, at The Muffin Top, the county fair, etc.; not possible in large metro areas. So if I know a candidate for an office is more qualified than his or her opponent, but yet decide I am a “true party person” and vote for the less qualified person by going straight ticket, I am effectively shooting myself in the foot. This action is especially prevalent when there are national candidates at the top of the ticket. Someone will dislike a senator or presidential candidate so much, they will hit the opposite button and stomp out of the booth – regardless of whomever else got their vote by their straight ticket action.
Another familiar refrain in larger cities is “They are all alike, anyhow.” That really is untrue in smaller communities. Commissioners, board members, courthouse employees make many decisions that affect our everyday lives. Please take the time to put the best person in the seat, no matter to which party they claim allegiance. That person will be working for you, not the national Dems or GOP.
Ed and Joani Staubach
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