Friday, 21 October 2011 18:44

Louisiana, Go Vote As It Is More Important Than Go LSU Tigers Vs. Auburn

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CrouereSaturday afternoon, the LSU Tigers, ranked first the nation, will play SEC rival Auburn in a big college football match-up. Many “experts” are predicting that the game will be such a distraction that Louisiana voters will be unable to break away from their televisions to vote in tomorrow’s election. These “experts” are claiming that turnout will be minimal even as low as 30 percent.

Let’s hope the people of Louisiana prove the “experts” wrong. Our system of government cannot work if people do not participate.

 Our leaders need to feel the heat from voters on a constant basis and the best place to provide that crucial feedback is the voting booth.  If politicians believe they can do almost anything in office without repercussions, the consequences will be devastating.

Everyone should be interested in the political process for it impacts us in many different areas from our tax burden to our quality of life. There is no excuse not to vote, especially since state officials making voting so easy in Louisiana. There was a one week early voting period and our Election Day is the longest in the country. Voters have a fourteen hour window to vote tomorrow, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Even if voters have conflicts, there are ample opportunities to go to the polls. Since the LSU game is on in the mid-afternoon, people can vote in the morning or evening.

Voting is extremely simple and takes very little time. It is the least we can do to improve our state. In Louisiana, we have a multitude of problems and need improvement in many different areas. Voting for good people with the right ideas can move our state in the right direction. It is time that voters demanded more from our elected officials in Louisiana. We are too tolerant of corruption, waste and abuse. Our state needs to be able to attract good paying jobs, so our children and grandchildren can remain in the state.

If we continue down the same path, we will continue to see the next generation moving to greener pastures. This should be ample motivation to put down the remote control and cast a ballot.

It is not only a vote for the candidates; it is a vote for our families, friends and neighbors. In reality, there is no comparison about what is more important. While the LSU-Auburn game is a fun distraction, it will only last three hours. In contrast, the voting decisions that are made tomorrow will last for four years.

Will we finally see progress or more of the same? Ultimately, the answer is in our hands, so go vote!

Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at E-mail him at [email protected].


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