Legitimacy

To the Editor,

A busy election year is upon us and we will soon have the opportunity to use that most fundamental right in a democracy of voting! The February 20th Spring Primary is first, followed by the related April 3rd Spring Election. Late summer brings us the August 14th Partisan Primary followed by the related November 6th General Election.

We should believe that the right to vote and ease of voting applies to all citizens. It is the mainstay of our democracy! Our country takes pride in the fact that, from the privileged to the disadvantaged, each person’s vote counts equally!

Voting laws should reflect those fundamental beliefs by making sure the ballot box is equally and easily accessible for every citizen! If all eligible citizens voted, politicians would make more “legitimate” decisions because all groups would have a better representation of their numbers.

More voters mean more election “legitimacy!” We haven’t had that. People do not vote consistently in great numbers. For example, in Sheboygan County we have about 88298 voting age citizens, according to the Demographic Services Center of the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration. As of January 1st, 2018, the Wisconsin Elections Commission reports that Sheboygan County has 65007 registered voters. So, 23291 are not registered to vote!

Gerrymandered voting districts, restrictive requirements for registration and voter ID’s, along with a lack of interest by our legislators to improve ease of registering and voting, all contribute to low voter interest and turnout.

Those of us who vote should encourage and help others to do the same. For too long, legislation has focused on laws that make it more difficult for some to vote. We need to elect representatives who will find ways to improve voter turnout so that elections and legislative decisions are truly “legitimate!”

John Binder Plymouth


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