Now is the time – register with a party affiliation to donate your voting power

This opinion column was submitted by Sparks resident Denise Drazy-Shedd

We the people of Nevada you have until June 10 prove that we are worthy of supporting the noble experiment of our Founding Fathers, a constitutional and representative government. Early Voting for Nevada’s Midterm Primary Elections starts May 28. In-person voting takes place on June 14.

Are you tired of politics? I’m tired of the perpetual campaign, the theater, the suppression of dissent in Congress, the dark fear-inducing ads, the polls, and the counts of political fundraisers. We have become a backward nation, blaming rather than learning from the past to manage our role in the future. Politics has turned into a performance, replacing the scrutiny of important issues that affect the quality of our lives, and perhaps our survival.

What is politics?

The policy is gaining popularity. Politics is inherent in situations where people must work together to overcome adversity and achieve a common goal. At best, it is about listening, learning and analyzing to establish a position. Next is persuasion, presenting concerns, facts and possible solutions to common problems. It invites dissent, debate, and resolution the way our ancestors intended, even as they came together to craft the U.S. Constitution during four hot months in Philadelphia in 1787.

At worst, politics is used to gain power. the suppression of effective debate, the distortion of facts, the search for scapegoats, the intimidation and censorship of those who express dissenting opinions are tools used to gain power. Tactics such as telling people what they want to hear, feeding their egos and their sense of belonging to “something big”, unite an ever-diminishing group while dividing the whole. Corruption is as old as man, and humans are susceptible to the lure of wealth and power. Can our nation afford to waste time in chaos?

Only 22.91% of active registered voters in Nevada voted in the last midterm primary election in 2018. Participating in the midterm primary election allows every voter to help determine who will appear on the November ballot. One-third of senators and all members of the House of Representatives are candidates for election, as are offices at the state and local levels. Do you feel comfortable letting only 23 out of 100 people make that decision for you?

Because Nevada has a “closed” primary, we can only vote for candidates from our own party or in nonpartisan contests. Joining a party – Republican or Democrat – gives you more power! If you are registered as a non-partisan, you are not allowed to nominate partisan candidates in the primary election. Of course, in the November elections, registered voters can vote for any candidate, regardless of their affiliation.

Act now! Register to vote, preferably with a party affiliation. Research candidates and issues. Vote at the polls early, on election day or by mail. Do it.

Denise Drazy-Shedd is a resident of Sparks who says she loves the flashes of thought while hiking or biking through our beautiful valley.

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