Deadline quickly nearing for voter registration

Monday, October 6, 2003

We all heard it around the coffee shop or the water cooler. "It's their fault. They should never have elected that bum. Why can't they see that we do/don't need this new tax?"

In each case, the they being referred to is some nameless, faceless entity -- and, if you believe the hype, an overwhelming force as certain as death and, well, taxes.

But we all have a choice to make. We can sit back and gripe about our leadership on the local, state and national level. Or we can exercise a right that makes America different from so many of the other nations on the globe -- the right to vote.

It's not hard. It takes a few minutes out of a weekday. The polls open well before most of us are required to be at the workplace and stay open past regular business hours. In our city and county, you might encounter a short line at the polls, but it's rarely daunting. We'd wait 30 to 45 minutes at some popular restaurants in bigger cities on a weekend night, we can afford to sacrifice a much smaller slice of time from our lunch hours.

Many of you are already registered to vote. But anyone who isn't, or who needs to update their information, is facing a deadline this week. Wednesday is the last day for voters to register for the November election. For Marshallites, the November election is of high interest because Marshall School District patrons will be asked to extend a portion of the school levy. This extension has the potential to pay for such things as a state-of-the-art computer system.

If you haven't registered as a voter yet, circle Wednesday as a red-letter day. And then circle Tuesday, Nov. 4, on the calendar. It's a day when you can be one of the decision-makers. You can be one of the movers and shakers of Marshall.

And, when the topic comes up with friends, family and coworkers, go ahead and argue the merits of the school levy issue. List the pros and cons. Figure out what it will cost you in dollars and sense. Find out what impact it might have in your children's or grandchildren's classrooms.

Then go out and do something about it. Be on the inside, casting a ballot, instead of on the outside, criticizing others who took the time on Election Day.