Voting for Change

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“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing
because he could do only little”
– Edmond Burke
On 10th May 2008, the first phase of elections in the
state of Karnataka will begin. Citizens ages 18 and
older will have the opportunity to make a decision which
may impact their own lives and the lives of generations
to come. Equipped with the right to vote, they will
determine who will lead the state of Karnataka.
Unfortunately there are many reasons why citizens
decide not to take part in this decision-making process.
Such reasons range from discontent with the candidates
and disillusionment with the system to simple apathy.
Other challenges to higher participation stems from the
painfully long electoral roll registration process and the
inconvenience of voting itself. These issues often lead
citizens to grow discouraged by the political process
and to decide not to participate.
Before becoming completely disillusioned by the
political process, it is important to discern whether
or not we are capitalizing on the information that is
currently available to improve the system which governs
our quality of life. The truth is that we already have at
least some of the tools necessary to vote for change, it
is just a matter of understanding and utilizing them.
Let us take just two obstacles many citizens frequently
complain about that can be addressed by an existing
measure –discontent with candidate selection and
impersonation of voters at the polling booth. According
to Section 49-O of the Conduct of Elections published in
1961 there is a provision specifically designed for those
voters who are unhappy with all of the candidates that
are standing for office. A registered voter simply has
to go to his local polling booth, provide the presiding
electoral officer with his thumbprint and inform him
that he votes for “no one.” In doing so…...

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