It's Tuesday, 9/12/00. Today, voters in many US states are heading to the polls to vote in primaries to select candidates for local and regional offices. It's given me time to think about the sorry state of voter participation here in America.

As it stands, far fewer than 50% of eligible voters participate in such elections, and if we break much above 50% for a Presidential election, we consider ourselves lucky. Americans over the age of 18 have a say in public policy at a local, state, and national level, but few choose to open their (figurative) mouths and speak.

A lot of excuses are given for this:

Even if you can't get out today (or whenever your local primaries are), get yourselves prepared for the Presidential election on November 7, 2000. Open your mouths and let your voices be heard!