I am writing to encourage and ask you to vote in the Democratic Primary! Early voting at the Courthouse has begun, all precinct voting at the EIU Union, 3/9-3/11, and the final date to vote is March 15th, from 6am to 7pm in your home precinct.
I know , given the status of EIU Funding, and dismay with our present representation, many have been tempted to vote in protest, taking the other primary ballot.
Here’s why that’s bad:
- Good Democratic candidates and those that recruit them, LOOK AT THE PRIMARY VOTE to determine whether to run or provide support. Charleston and Coles County DO have progressive voices! Need those voices to vote in the DEMOCRATIC Primary so we can be HEARD!
- Election results have shown that protest votes do not affect the final outcome.
- For this year, HILLARY or BERNIE!?!
We have immense challenges both State and Nationally to move forward. Locally, our County Party is proposing Independent Resdistricting as a compromise to resolve the State budget deadlock. We believe competitive districts are not bad public policy and give opportunity for moderate voices to be elected.
Certainly, most understand that the “turnaround” agenda, while lowering worker protections and wages to profit businesses, does not add ONE DIME to state revenue and does not reduce ONE CENT of state expenditures. Adopting that agenda doesn’t solve our budget, a totally seperate issue, cynically holding EIU, higher education and social services hostage, while PEOPLE not business, feel REAL PAIN.
This is the fundamental difference. We believe, as Democrats, that government should work to serve human citizens, not to siphon off funds to benefit faceless corporations who take their (and our) money elsewhere.