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Sanders: Voting is too important of a right to ignore

A sad fact about American voters is that so many are registered, yet they don’t use the right.

Some states have made it so easy for voters, as if it is such a heavy burden to get out and vote.

In South Dakota, one can vote absentee up to the day before the election at the courthouse, through the mail or on election day at the polls.

That should pretty much cover anyone’s needs, but the percentage of people who are eligible voters that actually cast ballots in the U.S. is low.

Isn’t that sad?

Then there is the problem of “low-information” voters. These would be defined as those who don’t investigate or seek out information on their own, but depend upon “environmental” (read: obstructionist) groups, their social circle such as the senior citizens center or friends or perhaps their political party alignment.

A nice feature of the American balloting system is if you don’t know, you don’t have to vote on an issue or for a candidate.

In 2012, required labeling for GMOs in foods were voted on and defeated while the same result occurred in California and Washington state in 2012.


Most voters don’t know what GMOs are nor why they are used.

It is a fact when voters don’t know how to vote—because they have questions or have never bothered to ask questions—they vote no.

Low information is not just limited to the ballot box. If you were to ask your Facebook friends, as a group, whether or not they are in favor of GMOs, you’d get opinions.

However if you were to just ask these same people what GMOs are, I’m betting you would not receive much information—only (often uninformed) opinions.

Although papayas are the only commercially grown fruit that contains GMOs, fruit growers have jumped on the bandwagon noting on their shipping boxes, “NON-GMO.”

To consumers who are low information people they think it is a big deal, although it means squat.

But back to voting; South Dakota has no shortage of veterans.

They served to preserve our freedoms, including the right to vote. It seems that at least every veteran would vote, but apparently that is not the case.

I think voting is vital. I’ve not missed voting in an election since the first one back in 1972.

I lived in Paris and had an absentee ballot mailed to me, had to go to the U.S. Embassy to vote and they put it in a pouch that was delivered to somewhere in the U.S. and mailed there.

The day after the election I phoned the embassy to get the election results and learned of the shellacking of McGovern; he carried one state—Massachusetts—and didn’t even carry his home state of South Dakota. ❖

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