Sometimes you know you know certain things . . . but they still don't hit home until you read them for the umpteenth time. In this case, I read a factoid in an N&O editorial.
Barely one Triangle resident in five cast votes in the Nov. 8 election.
Holy Diebold. One in five? No wonder the metaphor 'nation of sheep' comes so often to my mind!
The editorial went on to talk about programs designed to get young people involved in community affairs and electoral politics, which is a good idea, of course.
But still. One in five?
In Peru, voting is mandatory for everyone over 18 . . . up to the age of 65. I'm not advocating that by any means. In fact, the last thing we need is more people voting who have no idea what the hell they're doing.