Mak­ing de­ci­sions for non-vot­ers

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Opinion - Lis­beth Blue, Stam­ford

Ann Weiss made a very con­vinc­ing plea on why we should all reg­is­ter and vote. She is cor­rect that “Democ­racy is not a spec­ta­tor sport” (Sept. 30 op-ed).

In Stam­ford in 2017, only about 27 per­cent of those reg­is­tered cast a vote. As a re­sult, each voter made 15 elec­tion de­ci­sions for any non­vot­ing reg­is­tered cit­i­zens and those el­i­gi­ble to but don’t want to be both­ered to reg­is­ter to par­tic­i­pate in all those dirty pol­i­tics.

Makes us vot­ers more pow­er­ful. The lazy and in­dif­fer­ent are so for­tu­nate that those in­ter­ested in keep­ing democ­racy alive make de­ci­sions for them.

Con­necti­cut has an­cient laws such as no early vot­ing which en­cour­age such at­ti­tudes. Never mind that peo­ple may have prob­lems that pre­vents them for vot­ing on Elec­tion Day. Though, it did pull it­self into the 21st cen­tury by al­low­ing on­line voter reg­is­tra­tion. Thank good­ness for the DMV wheels to make reg­is­tra­tion roll along. Maybe when cit­i­zens turn 18, they could be au­to­mat­i­cally reg­is­tered. Maybe vot­ing by mail. So many mod­ern pos­si­bil­i­ties!

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