Our View: Don't just give it away

Oct. 30, 2012 @ 11:16 AM

In this more technological age, candidates for election have numerous avenues to get their message out.

The one that seems to get the most traction, media-wise anyway, is the robo-call.

Candidates will pay private firms to create a standard message, use their phone lists and call voters to play back that recorded message.

More times than not, those calls come at the most inconvenient time of the night — traditionally when people are sitting together as a family for dinner.

There are various other means for candidate or private groups to get to voters.

One is the method of using the confusing billboard along a roadway that will tell you why you should, or should not vote.

According to the Denver Post, these billboards have been used in great frequency in the western part of the United States to somehow disenfranchise people from actually voting.

Let's not forget about voter ID fraud.

This has been, and will continue to be, a hot topic of conversation across the country and here in North Carolina.

There have even been reports of people getting their vote solicited over the phone — which by the way, is not legal or possible in any state.

There is no question there are several tight races — the presidential race not being the least of them — and candidates and their respective sub-groups will do whatever is necessary to get your vote.

Phone calls, disingenuous roadside advertising and, even threats and intimidation have all now been associated with the citizen's right to vote.

It isn't right and it shouldn't be tolerated but, the legality of the matters may be taken up at a later time.

And, as the days count down to Election Day, there is the prospect that things will likely get worse for voters.

But, despite all of that, voters need to remember that learning about candidates, being educated on the issues and asking candidates questions about what they stand for, is their right and it is a right that no one can take away from you.

The only person who can take that is you, the voter.

Early voting continues to be strong in Rutherford County and that is a good sign that people are excited about the various races and want their voices heard.

So, make sure that you know who and what you are voting for and don't let any underhanded tactics sway you an any way.

By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board

 

The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Publisher Jake Volcsko and Editor Matthew Clark