I received two robo-calls within the span of one hour. One identified himself as James Hoffa of the Teamsters Union talking about the importance of voting. I agree, so I hung up. It probably would just end in solicitation for a contribution. The next call was from “Private Caller,” wanting to remind me the deadline for voter registration was rapidly approaching and I may need to update my address to be able to vote, “Press 1 to learn more.” I recognized this as voter suppression, wanting me to become nervous about my ability to vote, so I hung up.
Such calls frustrate many of us. But, whatever your political persuasion, these calls show how valuable your vote is. It’s clear to powerful groups that they should spend their wealth to try to change the politics. As a Washington voter, do you really need to be convinced of how a small number of votes can swing an election?
Remember the 129 votes and three recounts for governor in 2004?
In a civil democratic country, there is little that’s more important than your right to vote. Every vote counts. Every time you don’t vote, that counts double. Those who don’t share your views are strengthened, and those who benefit from low voter turnout win.