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Election turnout disappointing for Vandalia area, Missouri

Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 2:52 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

As previously reported in The Vandalia Leader, Missouri voters knew the vote they cast in the Missouri Preferential Primary Election on Tuesday, February 7 would not award delegates in the GOP race.
Meanwhile, many voters likely knew President Barack Obama would win the Democratic Primary so they might have felt there was no need for them to cast their vote.
Regardless of what side of the political aisle you’re on, I always think we should exercise our right to vote when the opportunity presents itself.
I went to the polls at around 9:30 a.m. and was just voter No. 12 in the 3.5 hours of the polling location being open.
The official numbers were not available when we went to press, but from looking at one local location, I’m guessing most places experienced a low turnout.
That is unfortunate as I believe we owe it to our veterans to show up to the polls. My hope is next time we have an opportunity to exercise this precious right that many more area voters make time for the quick process in casting a vote.
Plan B back in the news
Several weeks ago, I wrote an editorial on the Plan B morning after pill as President Barack Obama made the right choice to block over-the-counter sales of the drug.
So I was surprised when I went to www.cnn.com on Monday and saw a link to a video entitled “University vending machine sells Plan B.”
I was curious to find out what university made this choice and clicked on the video. To my surprise, Shippensburg University was the location; this is where I earned my undergraduate degree. I personally was surprised and disappointed in SHIP’s decision to make Plan B available just as easy as a Pepsi would be inside the Etter Health Center.
I emailed President William N. Ruud, Ph.D., and he sent me a reply that said “thanks for your note.”
As an alumnus, my voice has been heard. Now I just hope some changes are made.
The video link is http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t2#/video/us/2012/02/06/dnt-plan-b-vending-machine.whp