I saw something on our news last week that really surprised me when we were shooting a story about early voting in Region 8.
While our cameras were there, the voting machines were empty!
While this is one snap-shot in time, early voting has been light. What does that say about the way we participate in the Democratic Process?
As we get ready for the primary election, I'm reminded of a saying my father taught me growing up. When it came to having a say in what's going on, a complaint or even a compliment, he would say "the world is run by those who show up."
He believed that being present and engaging in the process was just as important as the action you take. As a veteran, he also taught me that America is the greatest country that ever existed and that we should exercise our rights and freedoms as Americans.
One of the most important rights you can exercise is to vote. Our men and women fought for us to show up on Election Day.
If you want your voice to be heard when it comes to the laws, the people and decisions that govern us, be engaged in the process, show up... To vote!
Voting makes us American and will make this A Better Region 8.