Early voting starts ten days from today and even if we do not encourage you to take advantage of the new system of early voting, many people do vote early because they are all being brainwashed by political maneuvering and by so-called campaign experts that try to control the voting system.
We have always believed that — for the most part — if the citizens of any community cannot take the time to vote on a specific day they may be showing their lack of regard for the system and the outcome of the race and do not deserve their opportunity to vote.
It has traditionally been “Election Day,” a day on which constituents take the time to exercise their most precious and important duty as American citizens, something that those in many other countries may only get to dream about.
“It is very convenient to go shopping and vote at the same time,” said one person –echoing the sentiments of others — when asked her opinion or experience with early voting. But we feel it is not about convenience; it is about one’s duty — as an American citizen — that only takes a short while every four years.
“I am working on Tuesdays during the day,” said another “good” American, who sounded like he needed a “good” excuse. But by law, one must be allowed to vote, even if it means leaving work early to do so.
Employers cannot forbid it. Of course, if one is that conscientious about being at work, one can possibly get up one hour or so earlier than usual and go to vote before going to work, or go straight to the polls after getting off work.
During every election we ask the same question, maybe because we take pride in going to cast our vote on Election Day, or maybe because it’s hard to trust the voting system in this community:
Do you know what happens to your vote when the voting personnel haul your vote back to the election department? Is it not possible that there could be foul play involved in what happens to those votes along the way? If there is any dishonesty at all in politics — and who could say there is not? – why couldn’t there be vote-tampering? Can anyone really be sure?
Sure the same thing could happen to the votes on Election Day, but we believe that voting at the official electoral voting place is a little — if even just a little — safer than voting in a shopping center or at a grocery store.
Maybe going back to the old kind of machine where a voter had the opportunity to get a printout copy of the candidates they cast their vote for could offer more of a sense of security to the voter. Even if voters cannot get a straight answer from the election department regarding the veracity of the voting system, they can let their doubts about false or invalid votes being cast be made known and keep at it until the system gets the changes it needs to create trust once again.
Consider how Senator Harry Reid might have won the last election. Not a single person we asked said they voted for the not-so-popular senator.
Unfortunately, the voting problem is not just limited to U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress or Presidential elections; it extends locally to allow some bad judges to keep getting reelected, and to the Sheriff races, city council, county commissioners, and the rest of the races on the political ballot, as well as to some of the union elections, where perhaps many voters that have already left this world have “honestly” cast their votes.
Why is it that some (corrupted?) liberals and political “movers and shakers” are against citizens showing photo IDs prior to casting one’s vote? Could it be because some of those “good Americans” who vote might have been dead for a while, and some of the others who cast their vote might have been offered a job by one of the unions to do so, before becoming legally able to vote in this country.
As prosecutors and law enforcement officers always say: “If you are not hiding anything, if you are not guilty, you have nothing to worry about.” Well, we feel the same should apply in the election system.
Wouldn’t we all (except for those who choose to cheat the system) feel better knowing we at least screened for legitimate voters in our election process?
Everyone talks about it, but no one wants to speak up and be singled out by the system — that is why the Las Vegas Tribune exists and that is why many people look up to us for guidance during election time and especially near Election Day.
We all need to remember that voting is the most important and valuable privilege American citizens have; and the only way we are going to clean up government corruption is by the exercising of our right to vote.
— Las Vegas Tribune