Here we are citizens.
If you have already done your electoral duty our hat is off to you for your participation in the democratic process.
If not we hope to see you at the polling places tomorrow as the quadrennial chaos known as a presidential campaign comes to fruition and votes not hitherto completed are cast for the candidates.
Polls open at 7am and close up shop at 8pm.
It’s likely to be the biggest turnout percentage-wise since the ‘08 (1908 not 2008) contest between William Howard Taft and William Jennings Bryan, the last time the % of voters eclipsed 65%. Neither of the Bills running was an incumbent since Prez-at-the-time Roosevelt (Teddy, not Franklin) decided not to run, though he changed his mind 4 years later and ran 3rd party against his chosen successor Taft.
But enough about history. Whether it means taking time out of your busy day or hauling your retired behind off the couch to put on real pants, make your voice heard by showing up at the polls tomorrow.
And when you get there, be nice.
For one, being nice matters. Beyond that the people working the polls are doing the best they can in performing these important public service tasks so don’t be THAT guy (or gal) who loves to make things difficult.
From Newaygo County Clerk Jason VanderStelt:
“Please be kind and courteous to our clerks and election inspectors and understand that our local clerks and election inspectors did not MAKE the laws regarding elections, they are simply required to enforce the laws.”
Well put, sir.
And now here’s a few of our favorite election quotes to ponder as we ready for a rousing round of Results Night.
"Every election is determined by the people who show up.”- Larry Sabato
“During an election campaign the air is full of speeches and vice versa.”-Henry Adams
“Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.” Gore Vidal
“In a democracy, someone who fails to get elected to office can always console himself with the thought that there was something not quite fair about it.”- Thucydides
“In an election year the American Politics Industry fills the airways with the most virulent, scurrilous wall to wall character assasination of every political practitioner in the country then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.”- Charles Krauthammer
If we got one tenth of what we were promised to us in acceptance speeches there wouldn’t be an inducement to go to heaven.”- Will Rogers
“Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”- Abraham Lincoln
“When you turn an election into a three-ring circus, there’s always a chance that the dancing bear will win.” Nancy Isenberg
“General Motors, General Mills, General Foods, general ignorance, general apathy, and general cussedness elect presidents and Congressmen and maintain them in power.”-Herbert Shelton
“Talk is cheap, voting is free; take it to the polls...”- Nanette Avery
“The only people truly bound by campaign promises are the voters who believe them.”-Christopher Hitchens
My favorite part of election season is the end.” C.A.A. Savastano
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