Greetings District 36. With Election Day a week away, I want to thank all who have supported me in seeking a second term in the Legislature. It feels like just a short time ago that we headed to the polls in May to cast our votes in the primary elections. Since that time a few months ago, political polarization in our country has continued to increase. No matter a person’s political leanings, it seems that the vast majority of people are dissatisfied, and at times angry, with the other side. Unfortunately, this type of enhanced political environment can also have the negative impact of turning people away from the political process. We must not let over-politicization deter the average citizen from performing their civic duty of voting. The beauty of our system of democracy is that a vote quietly cast is just as equal to a vote that has been polarized on social media.
President Abraham Lincoln often spoke on the importance of government being of, for, and by the people. He believed that voters play the most important role in ensuring government reflects their desires and values. This remains true over 150 years later. Regardless of whether you have your mind made up, or you remain undecided going into Election Day, it is vital that we all exercise our right to vote. Being active in the civic process increases community awareness and helps to foster political cooperation, something we could use a little more of today.
Voter turnout in Nebraska for the May primary was 23%, meaning over three-fourths of our state did not cast a ballot. If we seek less political polarization and more political cooperation, it is vital that more Nebraskans show up to the polls on November 6th. There are a number of important state and federal races, as well as an initiative organized by the people of the state, on this year’s ballot. These are races and questions too important to be ignored by the large majority of voters. I encourage all of you to exercise your right to vote this year.