Voters fill out ballots in the 2016 election in Concord, NH. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Political partisans may not have much in common these days, but they do agree on one thing – the upcoming midterm elections are super important.
For Democrats and like-minded Independents who abhor President Trump, it’s a chance to gridlock him by seizing control of one or both branches of Congress.
For Republicans and Trump sympathizers, it’s an opportunity to consolidate their gains.
So with the stakes so high, it’s especially appalling to see a new Suffolk/USA Today poll showing close to two-thirds of us will skip the election this fall.
I can’t blame people for their dismay at our current politics. The percent of unregistered and unlikely voters who say “I don’t pay much attention to politics because it is so corrupt” has jumped to 68%; another 63% say they’ve tuned out because “empty promises” go unfulfilled.
But get a load of the specific reasons these non-voters gave for shirking their civic duty.
Topping the list: my vote doesn’t count or won’t make a difference.
Apparently these folks don’t remember the 2000 presidential election, decided by a handful of votes in Florida, or the 2016 election, where less than 100,000 votes in a few states made the difference.
Another beauty--they were “too busy” or “out of town.”
Total nonsense. A few minutes out of your day one day a year to go vote or submit an absentee ballot?
These must be the same people who throw their gum wrappers on the street right next to the public trashcan.
If you’re apathetic or lazy and prefer to leave the choices to the partisans, go ahead.
Just don’t come whining to the rest of us about taxes, war, your schools, your environment, or anything else.
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