I am an election judge. During the 13 hours the polls were open last Tuesday, 40 of the 686 registered voters in my precinct walked through the doors and voted. Adding the 17 early voters we had, my precinct had an 8.3 percent turnout.
The next time one of my neighbors -- or one of my family members or friends for that matter -- wants to complain about the library, the school district, the park district, the sanitation district, the highway department, the village or the township, I'm going to ask them if they voted. If they say they didn't, I'm going to ask them to talk about something else.