My next few blogs are a response to an article in the “Los Angeles Times,” February 14, 2012. I have been writing/teaching about voting in the United States for almost fifty years. There are so many more problems than I suspected. The Times article talks about “Pew Report: One in eight voting registrations inaccurate.” One in eight. This blog will consider ANOTHER part of the problem: 51 million potential voters are not registered and are unable to participate in elections. That’s 25% of the electorate added to the one in eight inaccurate registrations.
First, let me explain what that means to me. I live on a cul-de-sac with 15 homes. I have not done a poll about which of my neighbors vote. But I can count the adults on the block and, for the sake of this blog, I am assuming that all of them could vote. One house is empty and there are 24 adults in the other homes. If 75% of them, three out of every four, actually vote, that means that 6 can not vote because they have not registered.
Would it be acceptable if?
- · 25% of the people in your family didn’t do their chores?
- · Your car didn’t run 25% of the time?
- · Your electricity was off 25% of the time?
- · 25% of the kids in every class flunked?
- · You were on a sinking ship and 25% of the people on the ship choose not to help bail out the water?
Only 75% of the eligible voters in our country are bailing on our sinking ship of state – plus the issue of 1 out of every 8 voting registrations being inaccurate. I taught U.S. history and government and we talked about the right to vote often. Today we are looking at the need to vote.
How many people live on your block?