I vote in elections because I believe it is my responsibility as a U.S. citizen. Not everyone shares this belief, and they have some reasons. The value of your vote can be diminished if you live in a gerrymandered voting district. Many campaign messages are so incredulous that you wonder what degree of deceit to expect if the candidate is elected. Then once elected, some officeholders embrace reasons not to act unless their party’s desired outcome is assured or because their principles prohibit any compromise.
This neglect of duty has allowed our nation’s problems to grow and mutate so that any future solutions will be more draconian, costly and elusive. Americans need representatives who are willing to discuss problems, analyze solutions and vote their decisions with integrity. We do not put them in office to rename post offices.