As of Friday, July 25, 2014
The same day Yakima County mailed out ballots for the Primary Election, Wednesday, July 16, a total of 47 of those ballots were returned by voters.
There are 47 people in the county so eager to be heard that they returned their ballots the same day the county sent them out.
Frankly, I’m impressed. It usually takes me a week or two after receiving my ballot to even open the envelope, much less fill it out and send it back.
But I always do. And I always urge everyone else to vote, as well. Voting is a price of citizenship. It is one of the tiny prices that we pay to protect our freedom. If we fail to vote, we might someday lose the right.
Here in Sunnyside we should be well aware of the importance of every vote, even in a Primary Election. Has anyone forgotten last year’s Primary Election tie between city council candidates Spencer Martin and Victor Ochoa? Martin eventually won the General Election, but a single vote during the Primary Election could have kept him out of the General Election entirely.
Turnout in all elections is usually small. Anywhere from a quarter to a third of registered voters decide the races for all of us. And that’s only among those registered to vote. Many people who can legally vote don’t even register.
I don’t know why people fail to vote, showing that they care little for the freedoms that previous generations bought with their lives.
It is easy to register to vote online, and vote-by-mail has made it extremely simple to actually vote once the time comes. If it’s laziness that makes people fail to vote, I wonder how such people can get out of bed in the morning.
Information on the races is available online as well. The voter’s guide is available at yakimacounty.us/vote. There were many forums with the candidates leading up to this election.
I do know that voting matters. A single vote can make the difference in an election... many votes make big differences.
The deadline to vote in this year’s Primary Election is Tuesday, Aug. 5. Get your ballot filled out and in the mail, or plan to stop by a polling place and drop it off on Election Day. If you aren’t registered for the Primary Election, you can still register in-person at the Yakima County Courthouse until Monday, July 28. Or register now online for the General Election in November.
And vote. It’s the least, truly the absolute least, you can do for your country.