By Charles McComb/McComb is a Precinct Committee Officer in Stevens County
I have been a Scoutmaster for 42 years and I am having a hard time explaining to my Scouts the following question, as I constantly tell them what the Constitution and Bill of Rights guarantees and what their responsibilities are as an adult:
Where have the voters of Stevens County gone?
In our recent past Primary on Aug. 10, 29,031 ballots were sent out and only 11,496 were returned, which is a 39.6 percent turnout. That figures out that 60.4 percent of the voters don’t care who runs our country or how our government carries on business. How hard is it to blacken in little boxes, fold a paper and put it in an envelope, put a stamp on it and mail it to the Auditor’s office.
I have heard voters say we did not know enough about the people running for office to vote, because we did not get a voter’s pamphlet.
If you don’t know what you are voting for, there are a lot of knowledgable people and subjects on the Internet and there are Precinct Committee Officers all over Stevens County who are available to give voters information. I am a PCO and our County officers are doing our best to give voters the information to make knowledgeable voters.
Our fore fathers must be turning over in their graves. They fought to give our America a country free from Tyranny. They drew up the Declaration of Independence, then the Articles of Confederation, and finally the Constitution. Those men put their lives on the line; if our revolution had failed, they would have been shot, or hung. On the completion of the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin came out and said, “we have given you a Republic if you can keep it.” He was saying: know your problems and know the people running for office and voting.
The United States is a Republic ruled by law, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, granting us freedom of speech, press, fair trials, and right to assembly, freedom of religion, right to bear arms, freedom from cruel and unusual punishment, free from unreasonable search and seizure. All we have to do, to protect our freedoms, is vote. It has been obvious that the large precentage of voters in Stevens County do not care what we are leaving future generations. Look at the mess our government is in right now because voters are not doing what our forefathers directed.
On a positive point, now is our chance to show the other counties in the state that Stevens County sets the pace, and does care who runs our government and interprets the laws by doing our homework and voting in the upcoming general election. Ballots will begin to be dropped on October 19, and must be postmarked by Nov. 8. Now is the time to show the Citizens of Washington that Stevens County wants to make a difference.