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We hear it all the time in Kentucky, especially during presidential election years — “Why should I vote? My vote doesn’t count anyway.”
And we certainly understand the frustration and the sentiment. During presidential primaries, before Kentuckians even have a chance to have their say, the candidates are selected through the number of elections held in other states prior to ours in May.
And during the general election, we constantly hear frustration about the Electoral College. Why do we use such a system to determine what many would agree is the most important public office in our nation? Many think their vote just doesn’t count.
But we’re here to tell you that it does.
The race for Spencer County Clerk will likely be one of the most memorable in our area for a while.
County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock defeated challenger Abbigail Nation by only three votes.
If you think your vote doesn’t count, we beg of you, ask Hesselbrock how much she appreciated every single vote. Ask Nation how much she would have rejoiced if two more people had decided to vote in her favor.
Your vote counts and your vote makes a different.
So, to the 4,040 of you registered voters who decided not to exercise your right this year, step up to the plate in years to come.
That’s right, 8,520 of the 12,560 registered voters in Spencer County made their way to the polls last Tuesday, surpassing the state voter turnout by nearly 8 percent. Just over 67 percent of registered Spencer Countians turned out at the polls and made a difference in your community.
But don’t stop there. Electing officials is only step one. You have placed your trust in these people to spend wisely and act wisely, and you are the ones charged with making sure they hold up their end of the deal.
Get a headstart on your 2013 resolution and make it a goal to become more active in your local government. Attend Fiscal Court meetings, show up at City Commission meetings, be there to be publicly heard when there are public hearings.