IN SIMPLE TERMS
By BOBBIE McAULIFFE
In only eight days Oklahoman Republicans and Democrats have an opportunity, nay a responsibility, to go to the polls and select their preference for a party nominee for President to appear on the General Election ballot in November.
Voters who have chosen to be registered as Independent will have no voice because no Independent candidates have filed to be on the Oklahoma ballot.
In February of 1840 Abe Lincoln published this get out the vote notice in an Illinois newspaper:
“Organize the whole state, so that every Whig can be brought to the polls. Divide the country into small districts and appoint in each a committee. Make a perfect list of voters and ascertain with certainty for whom they will vote. Keep a constant watch on the doubtful voters and have them talked to by those in whom they have the most confidence…and on election day see that exactly every Whig is brought to the polls.”
The Founding Fathers gave us this democratically elected representative form of government so that We The People would have a voice in who would represent us. Sadly too few accept that responsibility.
On Jan. 15, 2008 there were 19,177 registered Democrats in LeFlore County; only 7,712 voted in the Presidential Primary election in February, only 40 percent.
At that same time there were 4,533 registered Republicans and only 1,774 voted, just 39 percent.
We can do so much better than that.
Sample ballots are available at the County Election Board office behind the Courthouse in Poteau. I believe four candidates have filed on the Oklahoma Democratic ballot for President.
Several Republican candidates withdrew too late to have their names removed. Those with active campaigns are Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 6 or you can vote early at the County Election Board office Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and March 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you do not vote, and do not participate in getting your family members, neighbors and coworkers to vote, then you have no room to complain.