"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
I'm going to ask you to use your imagination for just a moment.
It's Tuesday, May 6th – Primary Election Day – and your husband is running for the U.S. Senate.
Or let's say your wife is running for the Board of Commissioners for your particular county.
Now, here's where you've got to think quickly…
You're about to tell your spouse that you're not going to the polls today to vote for him or her.
What do you say?
"The primary's not all that important. I'm going to wait for the general election in November."
Or, "I've got just one vote – I won't make any difference."
Or how about, "The election's pretty-much rigged. They already know who they want to win."
Or here's a good one: "It's raining."
Well think any of those will fly?
Think you'll be sleeping on the couch that night?
Well the point is, the Primaries are critically important.
How do you vote for your favorite in November if he doesn't make it past May?
How can your candidate make "a change we can believe in" or "help take our country back" if she loses by a dozen votes?
Now, chances are you won't be telling your spouse on May 6th why you're not voting for him.
But we implore you, don't pull out the laundry list of lame excuses as to why you're staying home.
Take a few minutes of your day, go to the polls, and make a difference.