|Written by A Voter Without Excuses|
|Sunday, 20 November 2005
There’s no reason not to vote unless the voter has moved or has died.I don’t care to hear excuses from those registered voters of Portsmouth who didn’t vote. Is Portsmouth, New Hampshire, or even America really the “excuses” capital of the world? If this city could collect taxes on excuses for not voting, the city would be on easy street. How much energy does it take not to do something versus to do something?
The federal government spends billions on a war in Iraq to get Iraqis to accept democratic principles as well as to vote for the future of their country. Yet, the majority of registered voters of Portsmouth have only excuses not to vote. Send the Iraqi people Portsmouth’s election results that show that only 25% of Portsmouth’s 16,224 registered voters participated in this election. This will show the Iraqi people what their future will be like. “I don’t have to vote; I have an excuse.”
Portsmouth is not alone when it comes to the lack of registered voter participation. I can hear the excuse now, “See, other cities have poor turnouts”. Are the non-voters of Portsmouth a flock of sheep that need someone else to show them the way? You live here, not in some other town. Maybe the non voter wants to live someplace where voting doesn’t matter to begin with, like North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Communist China, or the old days of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
Would it be fair to say the non-voter is a lazy, excuse-ridden individual who doesn’t bother to know anything or understand anything about their city?
What a waste of our fore-father’s lives and time to labor for individual freedom and democracy only to have it come down to an excuse. Our brave soldiers in Iraq are dying and back home we need an excuse not to vote.
Beware. The low turnout in elections does not go unnoticed by our elected officials. I can just hear their excuse, “Well nobody voted. It doesn’t matter what the citizens care about or want. They don’t come to the polls. So we can do whatever we want.
And they will do whatever they want.
As for the people who did vote and who do care, Bravo! For the voter, who did their patriotic duty, it makes it that much harder to keep the democratic principles alive in our country and our city while the non-voter thinks of another excuse to escape their basic responsibility as an American citizen.
Signed: A Voter with no Excuse.
APT Editors Note: This article was contributed to our website in reaction to the drop in voter turn out in the recent Portsmouth election for council and commissions. This article is contributed to APT in the spirit of democratic ideals of good citizenship and in the public interest. Please write your feedback to the article on our forum page.
- Press Releases
- The BIG PICTURE in 60 seconds
- Govt. Spending & Budgets
- Water & Treatment Plant
- NH Right to Know Law & City Transparency
- Did You Know?
- Other Issues
- Meeting Info
- A View From The Press Box #5 February 5, 2014In the 5th Edition of “A View From The Press Box” I feature a few photos from Monday night’s City Council meeting (Feb. 3) This recent meeting lasted less than three hours, making it the quickest council this year so far. Despite its length, the meeting featured plenty of debate on several hot button issues […]
- A View From The Press Box #4 January 22, 2014In the 4th Edition of “A View From The Press Box” I feature a few photos from Monday night’s City Council meeting (Jan. 21) Similar to the council’s first gathering earlier this month, the meeting lasted nearly five hours and featured plenty of debate on several hot button issues such as development, parking and the […]
- A View From The Press Box #3 January 14, 2014In the 3rd Edition of “A View From The Press Box” I feature a few photos from the first official City Council meeting held Jan. 13. The meeting, which lasted nearly five hours, featured extensive discussion on how development is impacting the downtown. A View From The Press Box will feature occasional photos that I […]
- A View From The Press Box #2 January 10, 2014In the 2nd Edition of “A View From The Press Box” I feature a few photos I was able to snap during the Jan. 9 work session between the Planning Board, Historic District Commission and Economic Development Commission. The work session involved the highly anticipated North End Project, which involves a WholeFoods, a hotel, conference […]
- A View From The Press Box January 9, 2014Welcome to a new series I’ll be kicking off here on the Portsmouth City Blog. A View From The Press Box will feature occasional photos that I take right from my seat in the Press Box at Portsmouth City Hall. I must spend hours upon hours sitting in Council Chambers covering everything from council business […]
- City releases Annual Report January 6, 2014Want to know how many DWI arrests local police made in Fiscal Year 2013? How about how many fire calls the Fire Department responded to? For answers to these questions and more check out the city’s FY13 Annual Report at http://www.cityofportsmouth.com/annualreport/AnnualReport2013.pdf […]
- Holiday Parking Help December 4, 2013With the holiday’s fast approaching, here is some useful information that may help you as you attempt to navigate downtown Portsmouth looking for that elusive parking space. 1. Visit www.parkportsmouth.com for anything and everything to do with parking in Portsmouth, NH. 2. Beginning Dec. 16, motorists will be allowed to park for free at all […]
- Who gave what to who in the 2013 City Council election? November 20, 2013Here’s a look at the many campaign contributions claimed by candidates in the Nov. 5 municipal election…Enjoy Josh Denton Peter & Kathleen Somssich – $200 Julie & Cameron Parke – $300 Larry Drake – $100 Joe Plaia – $100 Robert & Elaine Denton – $500 Marc Denton – $575 Ariel Masafy – $100 Brett & […]
- City Council Endorsements October 30, 2013Here’s a look at “Who’s endorsed Who” The Portsmouth Professional Fire Fighters Local 1313 and Fire Officers Local 4039 *Josh Denton, Chris Dwyer, Robert Lister, Esther Kennedy, Gibson “Mike” Kennedy, Stefany Shaheen, Eric Spear, Jim Splaine and Ken Smith. Portsmouth Herald *Stefany Shaheen, Gibson “Mike” Kennedy, Eric Spear, Steve Taylor, Brad Lown, Chris D […]
- Local business endorses City Council candidates October 21, 2013The Portsmouth Health Food Store is endorsing a specific slate of candidates in the upcoming City Council election. The candidates were selected based on their “deep commitment to Smart Development and preservation of the city’s historic character” Candidates endorsed by PHF include: Esther Kennedy, Bob Lister, Ken Smith, Jim Splaine, Jack Thorsen, Joe Calda […]
- A View From The Press Box #5 February 5, 2014