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November 6, 2007

Some don't understand the personal responsibility of voters.

(A recycle from the 2000 election with a few minor edits)

Well, it's election day, and somewhere, sometime, people are going to be whining, "Oh, they did this," or "They did that (whoever They are), and I didn't get to vote." I don't understand it. It seems some people are unable to understand the simple concept of, "It's my vote, and I am responsible for seeing it cast, and cast correctly."

I once wrote of entitlements, "...a substantial portion of our people, uneducated in the history and foundation of our country, desiring only what is easy and without personal effort or cost, no longer have the desire or will to work for what they want."

Though most citizens are entitled to vote, it is our responsibility to do what is necessary to secure that right. There are few requirements for which I am responsible, and make no mistake, these are my responsibility. 

First, I must be legally eligible to vote. If by some act or failure to act I render myself ineligible, that is my fault.

Second, I must be legally registered to vote, that is, within the correct time period allowed for registration, and within the correct precinct and for primaries, registered to a party that has candidates on the ballot.

Third, I must go to the proper polling place to vote.

Fourth, I must provide to the poll workers legal proof of my identity that agrees with my registration information.

Fifth, I must know for whom I will be voting.

Sixth, I must understand how to cast my vote correctly. All the information necessary to successfully cast a legal vote is readily accessible to anyone who cares to know it, and assistance is available to those who need it. 

Under Kentucky law, if I am not legally registered, I do not have right to vote. If I am at the wrong precinct, I do not have a right to vote there. If I cannot provide legally required identification, the law requires the poll worker to deny me access to the ballot. If I cast an incorrect or blank vote because I have not taken the time to understand, or asked for instructions about the voting method, I have no one to blame but myself. If any of these occur to you, it is not some conspiracy by (fill in your favorite bug-a-boo here) to disenfranchise you, it is your failure to secure your right to vote.

I have worked polls in the past here in Kentucky. It is the duty of the poll workers to ensure, to the best of their ability, that the votes cast are legal, and cast correctly. Poll workers must ensure the identity of the voter. Any voter may ask for assistance from the poll workers. Representatives of both parties then assist the voter. Some counties use paper ballots (no punch cards of which I am aware, you fill in a circle with a pencil), some machines in which you flip a lever for your candidate. Instructions are posted outside and inside the voting booths. Sample ballots are available to study before you go in to vote. If you have a disability, you have the right to bring in a person of your choice, with a few exceptions, to assist you in casting your ballot. Provisional ballots are on hand for the appropriate circumstances.

Poll watchers who have received the same training as poll workers are allowed inside the polling place. They, just as a poll worker, can challenge a voter's eligibility to vote. However, if you are legally registered, at the correct polling place, and have identification, you cannot be stopped from voting in the appropriate races. If you let a challenge intimidate you and do not vote, you have no one to blame but yourself.

For years, I was challenged at every election. Poll workers and watchers would not, rightfully so, allow me to vote in city elections because I resided 20 feet out of the city limits. Though in the correct precinct, I was not a resident of the city. I could have called the challenge harassment, could have stayed home and complained about someone else taking away my right to vote, could have charged that my rights to vote in the city elections had been denied, or I could have gone to the polls and cast the legal votes I was legally eligible to cast. I never missed an election.

I do not care about your Party affiliation. I do not care what color you are. I do not care about your sexual orientation. I do not care about your religion. I do not care what part of town you live in, and it does not matter what anyone else thinks about these or any other matters. Be responsible for your vote. Do what you need to do to be able to cast a legal vote, and then go do it! Be a proud, responsible citizen. Do what is necessary to secure your right to vote and then get the job done.

And if you don't, well, accept the responsibility for your actions and STOP WHINING ABOUT IT!!!!

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