Yesterday (9/17/2014) our local paper ran an op-ed article by Ashley Spillane, “prez” of an organization called Rock the Vote. http://www.rockthevote.com/about-us/. The piece was a regurgitation of her standard rant against voter ID laws that gets published in local papers all across our fair land. My reply to the article was published in today’s edition of our paper, with a glaring omission. They elected to not include the last pair of sentences. I will reproduce them below my letter to the editor, shown as printed.
The following was censored:
“The current efforts to increase voter turnout seem almost to be targeting the low information voter. I would hate to think that either of our major political parties feels it advantageous to crowd the voting booths with people who haven’t a clue about the candidates or the issues they are actually voting for.”
Since the editorial slant of our local paper leans heavily toward one party, I can only surmise that they identified any effort to dumb down the electorate with their side of the aisle.
In my opinion, the low information voter is a major problem. I do not espouse any sort of suppression of voters and I do believe that education is the answer. I feel that civics should be a required subject, taught with age appropriate materials, in each grade level elementary through high school. No, we don’t need to bring back literacy tests, just present the facts about how government is supposed to work and let developing minds come to their own conclusions. Every eligible voter should be encouraged to vote but with suffrage comes the responsibility to be informed.
Rock the Vote purports to be a non partisan organization. I have visited their site and I wonder. I invite you to do the same (visit, not wonder).
No matter what your political affiliation, please, an informed electorate is the only thing that will save our nation. I have no cause for you to sign onto, no donations requested, just spread the idea that we, as a people, would prefer those pulling the levers in the voting booths to have some clue as to what their vote actually means.
The nation you save just might be your own.