There is a lot of… stuff, floating around the New Jersey interwebs about how uninterested and uninformed New Jersey residents seem to be with the upcoming November 3rd election. Many say that this will be the lowest turnout ever, and in one instance, we have journalistic proof that at least in Cherry Hill, nobody gives half of a hoot about who is running. And that’s horrifying!
New Jersey residents really should care about who is running, what candidates have voted for in the legislature if they are incumbent candidates, and how a candidate has or will impact their lives.
BUT THERE ISN’T TIME FOR THAT KIND OF RESEARCH! THE ELECTION IS IN 6 DAYS!
I’m willing to offer the following solution in order to save time, effort, and potential headaches. Let me explain first, though…
The chances are high that your Assembly candidates have been in office for a good while now. This may be their 5th election this year, meaning they’ve been governing your district the same way since the freakin’ 90’s! This is probably because your New Jersey polling district is historically a “Republican” or “Democrat” district, which means nobody really cares what the candidate’s names are, they just cast votes for the people with a “D” or “R” next to their name.
So let’s try this.
- Step 1: Identify yourself as either Republican or Democrat.
- Step 1.5: Share this article on social media so your friends can read it too.
- Step 2: Go to the voting machine on November 3rd, 2015.
- Step 3: Cast your vote for the opposite party you normally side with.
- Step 4: Make sure your friends go and do it too. Offer them rides to the polls, if need be.
Sounds strange, I know. But let’s think about this madness. New Jersey voters really don’t seem to care about who is in office anyway. Assembly, and even County representatives too, may have been your voice in Trenton or to the Board of Freeholders for over a decade. Now ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you happy with your property taxes?
- How much do you love your bumpy commute to work?
- Can you afford to move out of your parents’ house before 25? 30?
- Are you tired of plowing your own street after a snow storm?
- Are you actually going to receive your pension, or pieces of it’s tax-beaten remnants?
My assumption would be that you’d most likely have negative responses to those questions, so the hell with it! Flip your district to the other party and shake things up! Political machines won’t know which way to turn, and maybe residents could have a better shot at being adequately represented.
At a time in which the majority of the population allegedly won’t show up, the few people who read this article may actually have a great influence on November 3rd, or what I’ll call it, NJ Opposite Day.