Letters to the Editor

Power over politicians comes at ballot box

I keep getting e-mails pushing legislation for term limits on our politicians. Folks, it ain't gonna happen. No way will those rascals in Washington and Columbia enact laws that would put them out of business. But there's good news. We voters have a term-limit vehicle already in place. It's called your vote. If we don't like one or more of our career pols, we can vote him or her out. But here's the bad news. Seemingly, we don't care because we don't vote. In the past 15 years that I have served as poll manager, clerk or as your county election commissioner, I have witnessed gross voter apathy. Only 20 percent to 30 percent of registered voters usually vote in off-year elections. Voting is not only a right, it's also a duty of every citizen. If you're in favor of term limits and want to throw the rascals out, it's simple -- vote. Bill Garton Hilton Head Island