From: Bill Schmidt
We are often reminded that it is not only our right but also our duty to vote in local, state, and national elections. I believe one of the reasons people fail to vote is the negativism demonstrated in political ads, especially as we draw closer to the election date. Both parties are guilty. They know the candidate has little time to refute these claims even though they may be inaccurate or downright slanderous. Usually the office they are running for is not even mentioned in the ad — just an attempt to smear the candidate right before the election. Another reason people become disenchanted with the political process is the sheer volume of ads that we are inundated with for three or more months before the election. If all the money spent on political adds was donated to our state coffers, we would reduce the state deficit considerably. I think it would be interesting to see what would happen if parties were abolished and each candidate was responsible for their own platform with a limit on the number of dollars that could be spent on campaigning. I am willing to bet more people would vote.