Letter: A lesson about voting

Graphic by Lori Deaton

In fall 2016, I traveled to Asheville from South Carolina to encourage residents of Western North Carolina to register to vote by supplying nonpartisan voter registration forms. To my dismay, many of Asheville’s downtown retail employees, mostly young people in their 20s, often responded to our message with disdain, telling us, “I am above politics.”

If I met each of them again as we approach the midterm elections, I would respond to the same comment saying: “Look at the results we got partly because you failed to make your voice heard in 2016. Use this November’s election as an opportunity to exercise your voting rights to help make changes in the House of Representatives, the institution most able to counter the negative effects of the immoral, incompetent and possibly criminal administration that currently holds the White House. “

Although I would recommend your voting for Democrats, I’d be just as happy if you would register to vote and exercise this basic constitutional privilege.

— Nikki Grumbine
Greenville, S.C. 

About Letters
We want to hear from you! Send your letters and commentary to letters@mountainx.com

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

One thought on “Letter: A lesson about voting

  1. J

    Voting does absolutely NOTHING!
    2016 Presidential election was the Lowest voter turnout in modern history. Hillary got 2.8 MILLION MORE votes and STILL lost to PUMP N DUMP TRUMP…..

    And before anyone wastes their breath on what a fraud our election system is by trying to rationalize the electoral college; just don’t!

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.