As the Chief Elections Official for Calcasieu Parish I am always vigilant about voter turnout. Recent numbers have been very poor and continue to decline as pollsters point to voter apathy or other reasons why citizens remain at home on Election Day. As more elections are decided by closer and closer margins, I am hopeful citizens will recognize that "every vote counts" is not just a cliche anymore. We must recognize the importance of voting in every election.
I believe voting is about personal responsibility. We are oftentimes responsible for those things which affect the quality of our life. We even have the opportunity to change it, sometimes for the better, and we don't. The right to vote is an important right in a free society. We must always make certain that our voices are heard. Our decisions may not just have an impact on our lives but that of our children and grandchildren. We owe them a society where they can live and enjoy the freedoms we may take for granted. We must never look back on those things we wish were different if we have not cast a vote in an effort to make a difference.