No excuse for not voting

FresnoJune 6, 2014 

I heard a Fresno talk station say that a Merced polling precinct had received only 36 voters in the period from 7 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. I checked my own polling place at 4 p.m. It was disturbing to find that only 216 people had taken the time to vote.

I really don't understand the apathy associated with voting. It's not as though we have to do the actual governing ourselves. We don't have to travel to Washington, D.C., or Sacramento, or even City Hall. All we have to do is choose who will speak in our place. Forget "online" voting. "Drive-through" registration and voting -- maybe. Every few years, read a little, search out trusted opinions, then travel to a polling place and mark a ballot.

Get off of your lazy butts and vote. It's not as though you have to die for the right to vote -- someone already did that for you.

Perhaps a tax on non-voters. It should be pretty easy to vote it into law.

Dan Westburg

Fresno

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