Prove poll watchers wrong by voting today
Poll watchers and prognosticators predict a light turnout for today's primary election.
It will be a shame if they are right.
It may be difficult to get excited about the primary races for public service commission, state auditor or state Supreme Court chief justice, but today's primary elections determine who will be in the running to operate our government. Today's winners could soon be setting our utility rates or interpreting our laws. In other words, the decisions we make today will affect each of our lives in the future.
A small turnout dramatically increases the chance that a less-qualified candidate sneaks into office. But when every qualified voter casts a ballot, the popular will is guaranteed.
It may be more convenient to avoid the polls today and then criticize elected officials later. But that is not how a democracy is supposed to operate.
In a democracy, people get the government they deserve.