According to voter statistics, only 61.2 percent of New Jersey’s eligible voters vote. That’s only about a percentage point or two less than their Israeli counterparts. (Where in 1949, 86 percent of the Israeli population voted, today’s it hovers around 63 percent. The most dramatic drop in participation—10 points—came between 1999 and 2003.) That is really sad. Voting is a privilege people are willing to die for.
Today, thanks to a cynical media, lots of folks think their votes don’t count, and that is certainly arguable when it comes to presidential elections. But voter’s most important choices in the voting booth are made when they elect people they choose to work for them on the local and national level—from their municipal government, to county freeholders, to state representatives in Trenton and, now, most importantly, their congressman and senators in D.C.
We don’t care who you vote for. We can only hope that voters will choose candidates who are ethical, support Israel, understand the need for social safety nets for the poor and seniors, and recognize the importance of a solid public education system to create productive and knowledgeable citizens. Freedom is a privilege you earn by exercising your right to vote. If you don’t go to the polls because you think your vote does not count, you are wrong. And do not be intimidated, either. If you don’t like what your representatives are doing, pick up a phone, get on Facebook, send them an email and let them know exactly how you feel. Then go to the voting booth, and make your voice count more than money. VOTE!