A few weeks ago I discussed with you the importance of being an informed voter in an article titled, Be an Informed Voter: Learn the Facts. Today I am writing about the importance of voting.
A little history.
Before the United States was a sovereign nation, we consisted of thirteen colonies under British Parliamentary rule. Although Massachusetts had a form of self-government, they still had to answer to the British Crown, and pay any taxes and adhere to any punitive laws rendered by the Parliament.
After constant tax increases and new taxes, resistance emerged within the colonies in 1773. Tensions continued, escalating to armed conflict starting in just two years later. Finally, in 1776, the thirteen colonies declared their independence from Britain.
In 1789 our United States Constitution was adopted. Two years later, the Bill of Rights was added to guarantee inalienable rights.
Within the Constitution it states, “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government”. A republican government is one in which the political authority comes from the people. In the United States, power is given to the government by its citizens as written in the U.S. Constitution and through its elected representatives.
Every vote counts.
It is incumbent upon every citizen to exercise their right to vote, because it is we, the voter, who grants the power to the government through the representatives we elect.
Without full participation of every voter, we do not have true representation in government. What we have is representation based upon the wishes of the few. We have representation that may not represent our values and beliefs.
In Oregon, the voter turnout averages less than 82% for Presidential General Elections and less than 71% for Midterm General Elections. Primaries average about 35% voter turnout.
“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
Oregon voter apathy does not provide true representation for the citizens. But it does provide representation for the few people who cared enough to vote.
The importance of voting.
Oregon is at a pivotal time in its political history. Democrats are on the verge of gaining the Super Majority with just a few key wins. Republicans have strong candidates that are making strong strides, putting their Democrat opponents on their heels.
Polls indicate the Governor’s race almost dead even between the Republican Candidate Knute Buehler and Democrat Candidate, incumbent Kate Brown. Buehler has the endorsements of most of the major newspapers throughout Oregon and is leading in campaign donations. Brown, who is having difficulties with her leadership record (according to Oregonian) and recent transparency issues could turn the Office over to Buehler.
Oregon, which has a Democrat lead in voter registration over the Republicans by almost 200,000 voters, could see the first Republican Governor since Vic Atiyeh was elected in 1978 and 1982.
Brown is vulnerable. Her record as a leader is tarnished. On education, one of the leading topics in Oregon, Brown “failed” when she got caught trying to hide the dismal results of the graduating rates of our students, placing them 3rd from the bottom nationally. Brown’s reputation also took a hit as she claims to be “transparent” but was caught attempting to hide the education grade card until after the elections, and questions also arose when she refused to release 250 bills until after the election that she intends to have introduced to raise taxes to cover her budget.
There are enough Democrats and Non-Affiliated Voters who are disillusioned with their party candidate, Kate Brown, who will vote for Knute Buehler to win the Governor’s race. But he needs every Republican vote possible.
“A Red Oregon begins in Clackamas County”
John Lee, Past Chair, Clackamas County Republican Party
I ask every Republican to vote.
I ask every Republican to vote the entire ballot, from city to state to national positions.
I ask every Republican to vote a straight Republican Ballot.
We must not allow one party rule to continue in Salem. It is only by voting a Republican Ballot that we can protect our Republican Values, our Republican Beliefs and our Personal Freedoms.
About the author: Ron Le Blanc is the Past Chair of the Clackamas County Republican Party. He has also served as the Co-Chair of the CCRP Candidate Development Committee. Ron is also a retired Deputy Sheriff.
Standard Disclaimer: The opinions stated by the author ar not necessarily those of the Clackamas County Republican Party.