|When our forefathers came to this country in the 1700’s, their main reason for coming was to get away from the hierarchy that ruled Europe. One of their main desires was to have a way in how their government was run and that the taxes they paid would be for the benefit of the people and not benefit the royal family. They felt so strongly about this that they banned together, fought, and defeated the British Army during the Revolutionary War.
When the leaders sat down to write the constitution, Bill of Rights, and set up our form of government, they made sure that our leaders would be selected by the general public through a voting process. This is called a democracy.
That same process that was developed 240 years ago, is still the standard by which our country operates. The opportunity to vote is given to every citizen in the United States who is 18 years old or older. It happens in the private confines of a voting booth where no one is looking over your shoulder telling you what to do. That is called freedom.
It is my feeling that the process of voting could be made a lot easier than it is today. For Cindy and I to vote, we have to drive 25 miles from our home to Eureka. Consequently we vote, most of the time, with a mail-in ballot, secured from the County Clerk. I personally feel that there could be some changes made in our voting laws. Maybe hold elections on Saturdays when the working people have a little more flexibility and possibly having more of our elections be mail-in ballot elections where you can make your selections in the privacy of your home and mail hem to the County Clerk by a certain date. Unfortunately at the present time, concern over non-citizens voting has caused the registration process to be so regimented that it is difficult to jump through all the hoops to become a registered voter.