I hope everyone has a secure place to grab on to tomorrow when the giant implosion starts on all the media outlets as the political ads are pulled from the airways and there is nothing to replace them. It’s like an atomic explosion. We’ve been bombarded with all the ads and now they won’t be there and, like an atomic explosion, they now will have created the reverse of the explosion – an implosion – which causes as much destruction coming back in as the explosion did going out. So look out!
The mess of the campaign is everywhere. All the signs and posters strung up around our cities have to be taken down. One local candidate told me that he had put up more than 400 signs. I do hope he knows where they all are. The cost alone of all these signs would pay a good portion of our national debt. Even the lowly yard sign costs about $5 apiece. The price goes up from there.
The political pollsters will be on the rebound also. Those who were right in their predictions, whether they were sought or not, will gloat with pride if they were right and if they were wrong, they will still have a spin to reprieve their previous errors in their judgments.
All the media “experts” will have a spin for the outcome and we will hear for months to come analysis of the results of this vote.
On a more personal note, everyone should go over their sample ballot before they go to vote. Make sure you mark it for the candidate or question you agree with and then take that sample ballot with you to your polling place to help expedite your actual voting time. Believe it or not, a lot of people don’t do anything with their sample ballot until they get in the voting booth. This causes the long lines to get longer as everyone waits their turn to vote.
A recent advent to the voting day is early voting. In Washoe County this year, almost 200,000 voters have taken advantage of the early voting. This will really help the long lines during the actual voting day.
The actual voting day runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check your sample ballot as it will tell you where to vote, what precinct you vote in and, of course, who or what it is that you will vote for or against. The main thing is that you go and vote. Your vote does count, but it certainly won’t count if you don’t cast that vote. If you don’t vote, then you have no right to complain when you disagree with things that our government does. You had a chance to express your opinion and chose not to exercise that opinion. They all count.
Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.