PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE – MAY 2
Leo Haggerty

PLEASE VOTE

First of all, and I will start EVERY article with this paragraph, sports pales in comparison with what is occurring with the Coronavirus. Hopefully, the columns that I, and the rest of our correspondents, provide you is a momentary escape from the trials and tribulations that Americans, and the rest of the world’s population, are experiencing. The COVID-19 is not a video game that you can press reset and get a new life. This is real and dangerous so, above all, be prudent and stay safe.

PLEASE, and I cannot emphasize this enought, keep a close eye on if your state is altering any voting requirements due to COVID-19.  You don’t want to miss the opportunity to express your Constitution right to vote especially with the possibility that the “second wave” of the coronavirus could possibly rear its ugly head right around the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November..

Whether you are a Republican or Democrat or Independent, it is IMPERATIVE that every voter has the opportunity to cast a ballot in the upcoming elections.  There will most likely be alternative methods to showing up at your designated precinct on November 3rd.  EVERY vote is important and they all count.

If you don’t think that’s true, let me give you a quick history lesson.  If, in Florida in the 2000 Presidential election, let’s say just ONE person in each precinct had voted for Al Gore instead of George Bush.  That would have amounted to a different individual occupying the White House.

That’s just ONE vote per precinct.  Enough said, correct?

First, PLEASE make sure you are registered.  If you are not, contact your local Elections Office for instructions to rectify that situation and do it soon.  There’s a time limit on that.

If,  you decide to “sit this one out” for whatever reason, as my good friend and host of Let’s Talk Sports in Sarasota, Florida Don Guercio prophetically stated on air, “you get the government you deserve.”  You have no one to blame but yourself for that scenario.

So, a quick synopsis.  First, make sure you’re registered.  Second, explore all avenues as to how you will be able to vote in your state.

Take advantage of right to vote.  It will be four years until you have that chance again.  Don’t waste it.