21 thoughts on “Why Aren’t You Voting?

  1. Honest question: Since we have seen the progressive ideology fail, multiple times, on the national scene over the past seveal years, and since the progressive agenda has repeatedly failed in nearly every state (especially when compared to red states like Texas), how would Texas escape these failures if it turned blue?

  2. You assume that we Hispanic adults of voting age are Democrats. Many of us are Republican and quite conservative. The Democrats have abandoned traditional Democrat stances and don’t really have anything to offer church going Hispanics. And I will be voting…just not likely for anybody with a D by their name.

  3. Robert Rivard I get your Tone in your piece. But a male talking down to his readers and Latinos (as if we don’t know about voting registration rights), I find it offensive.

    Maybe instead of rambling about latinos and minorities as a privileged white male (at least by skin tone and name), talk about past leaders and initiatives. Talk about the failures and successes.

    Talk about Willie Velasquez, a bipartisan Latino who changed a generations perspective on voting and voter registration rights and was from San Antonio.

    Anyway, I like where you are trying to go, I just think you could have written a piece that truly contextualizes voting, rather then “calling out” your readers.

  4. Interesting question. Some will not vote because they don’t see a positive outcome from a policy of “let’s spend our way to more government interference in our lives”. Hispanics are independent, hard working and responsible, so why would a message of “the government will take care of everything” resonate with them?
    Some don’t vote because they know that they are not legal and are too honest to cheat the system.
    Some are actually happy with their ability to work and take care of their families.
    There was a time when Democrats ran everything in this state. If Texas ever turns blue again, I hope the best of past Democratic ideals is the reason.

  5. 30 years ago (yes, that long ago) I was living in another city but involved in supporting a school board candidate who was being assailed by The Eagle Forum. A copy of their strategy became available and I was shocked. They had figured out that in these local elections all that was needed to “control” the outcome was for 6% of “their” voters to show up and cast ballots in a united fashion. Why? Because so few people were going to vote that would be all it took for their candidate to win. 6%! If we don’t vote, we get what we deserve!!! We abdicate the decision-making to a small percentage of people who may or may not have our own best interests represented in their point of view. This strategy ONLY works because so few of us actually show up and vote our own point of view. The right to vote is so precious, but we have come to regard it as more of a chore and we don’t realize the potential harm done when we abdicate our choices to the few who do vote. As Bob rightfully points out, one only has to look around a bit and realize that this is a rare privilege we enjoy in a chaotic world. Remember the pictures of people proudly holding up their inked finger that signified they had voted–probably for the first time in their lives? I voted Monday. My voice has been heard. Has yours?

  6. Hi Robert: a few possible reasons why some folks might not be voting in Bexar County (possibly worth RR follow-up):

    – The Bexar County Elections website (http://home.bexar.org/elections/) currently appears to return some Section 508 accessibility errors, the minimum Federal requirements for web accessibility – including related to information recently posted there about early voting.

    – The Bexar County Elections website currently indicates the County is “working on” Spanish language translations of the website – although early voting commenced Monday.

    – Not all early voting locations are easily accessible by public transport. As an example, a trip to Crossroads Mall (one early voting location) by VIA Primo is currently not possible without navigating at least one stretch where there is no sidewalk along Fredericksburg Road – in a 40mph zone (see https://www.google.com/maps/@29.4894728,-98.5508158,3a,75y,187.17h,72.06t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sL9lMSHmgxqngPdYfX4kn-Q!2e0)

    – Election Day polling places aren’t necessarily assigned based on proximity (the one closest to your registered address isn’t necessarily your polling place), causing some to be unnecessarily inconvenienced if not disenfranchised on Election Day.

    Bexar County needs to allow open polling (polling at one’s place of choice) on Election Day, as is allowed with early voting – including to help compensate for lack of adequate sidewalks and public transport options near some assigned polling locations in the County and given dismal voter turnout statistics and issues with making information about voting more accessible to all.

  7. Who interferes more in our lives than Republicans? Maybe you don’t care because you are not a woman, but I notice all the ways Republican government wants to get inbetween me and my medical care.

  8. OMGOSH, are you kidding with this ridiculous article. Every word is completely and totally untrue. And maybe the Hispanic population in San Antonio is too busy WORKING to worry about the govt handouts others are sitting around doing nothing for!

  9. Bottom line: vote because it’s a privilege and your duty. Right/left/female/male, someone died for that privilege. People in other countries are still dying trying to obtain this right, which we seem to take for granted. Respect the sacrifice, appreciate the privilege, stop the apathy. VOTE!!!

  10. I am voting…and voting early, but not just yet. I am trying to be a responsible voter and cast a (somewhat) informed vote for the dozens of judge races.

    My daughter is a lawyer. Many ex-students and friends are lawyers. Finding insights about all the judge races is next to impossible!

    I will succeed. I will vote. Early. The big races are all quite clear to me. The real issues are why to we elect judges and why do we elect them by party?

  11. If you’re not voting because “your vote doesn’t count” the one election it does count in is off year local May elections. The Source ( TPR) had a great topic on who votes for mayor? A study that San Antonio was included in. Google “Who votes for Mayor? and check out the San Antonio stats. I always vote and in May my vote will count 5 or 6 times because so few people vote locally. And basically your grandparents are voting like crazy (not that we don’t love our grandparents) but do you want them determining the trajectory of the city for the next 50 years ( your 50 years).

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