All of Baltimore was shocked to hear that According to Baltimore Board of Elections director Armstead B.C. Jones, turnout for the first two days of early voting on Thursday and Friday was dismal–about three-tenths of one percent of Baltimore City voters turned out on the first day.
Perhaps it is because everyone had their minds on the Labor Day holiday, or cleaning up after Aug. 23’s earthquake, or cleaning up after Hurricane Irene. Or perhaps there is little interest in this standalone Baltimore City election.
Still, even though it is merely a City election, citizens need to get out and vote on Tuesday, September 13. There are seats contested for Mayor, City Council President, and all of the City Council seats but one (William H. Cole IV, whose record is unassailable in South Baltimore’s 11th District, is running unopposed).
There are no ballot questions up for consideration in this primary—that will be left for the general election in November.
But even though on the surface there are few attractions in this election, it’s a citizen’s duty and privilege to vote.And there is another reason why we should get out and vote in 2011: it’s the 10th anniversary of the wicked and cowardly attack on this country by Al Qaeda terrorists on September 11, 2001. The United States is in the process of settling the score—the death in May of Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and CEO of Al Qaeda, was particularly satisfying to many. The job’s not done—US and NATO forces continue to root out terrorists. In our Armed Forces’ honor, we should vote.
If that doesn’t get you out to vote, think about the 40 people who crashed aboard United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., as brave passengers fought off their hijackers and drove the plane into the ground, sacrificing themselves rather than crashing into the White House.
Or you could vote in honor of the 64 passengers and crew who perished aboard American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the Pentagon.
Or you could vote in honor of the 124 Armed Forces members and civilians who died in the Pentagon.
Or the 92 people who died on American Airlines Flight 11, which crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
Or the 65 dead aboard United Flight 175, which crashed into the South Tower.
Or the 2,261 workers in the World Trade Center who died.
Or the 343 New York City firefighters and the 75 police who died in the rescue of most of the 40,000 people who worked in the World Trade Center.
We owe it to them.
And besides, it’s like thumbing our noses at the cowards who attacked the United States of America, which for all its problems, is still the greatest country in the world, offering the most freedom to its citizens. The twisted fanatics who attacked us ten years ago want to defeat our ideals of individual freedom and government by the people.
We’re preparing for the dedication of a memorial in front of Baltimore’s World Trade Center at the Inner Harbor. The memorial features three twisted girders salvaged from the fiery attack on New York’s World Trade Center. Visit it and honor the people who perished. Then vote.