"Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual - or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country."
This quote by Samuel Adams might be more suitable for a presidential election, but all in the same it speaks on the importance of voting and letting your voice be heard.
Voting in this country is a right that should be treasured and praised. Whether it be for President of the United States, for city council or whether to approve levies in your town, people should speak their minds via a ballot.
While it is a right, people have the choice to not exercise that right. Why people don't exercise their right to vote is a question that not even Stephen Hawking can answer.
That being said, it is baffling that 191 schools in the state of Ohio did not vote on this May's ballot that included the newest competitive balance proposal - an issue that effects every school in the state of Ohio.
"If there's any school that doesn't vote, that's too many for me," OHSAA commissioner Dr. Daniel B. Ross said. "It is disappointing because this is a very important issue."
When looking at the percentage, it's actually a very good voter turnout - with 81 percent of the 826 member schools voting. The final tally was 327-308 against the competitive balance proposal.
However, that is still 191 schools that felt that it wasn't necessary to take the 10 minutes to fill out the ballot on any of the nine issues that were on the May referendum. Apparently, the state at least trying to even out the competition in Ohio didn't affect their school.
While Howland athletic director Ron McCleary was a little surprised the competitive balance issue didn't pass, he was more surprised about those schools that chose not to vote.
"I was disappointed that 191 schools didn't vote," McCleary said. "That's just disappointing."
The measure failed by 19 votes. You can count that on two hands and two feet. Most teachers have more than 19 students in a classroom. I know guys who can eat 19 wings without taking a sip of water.
Another baffling part of the 191 schools that didn't vote is that 27 of those were submitted but did not make the deadline. Also, four were invalid for discrepancies on the ballot. Right there are 31 votes that could have changed the story instantaneously.
It will not be released who the 191 schools were that did not participate, which is a shame. I'm sure many people want to know if it was their school that chose to not voice their opinion on a very important issue that effects every student-athlete in the state.
To those 191 schools, shame on you. And for the next year, if you feel that you're playing against a team that is way out of your league - you have no right to complain. You did nothing to rectify the situation.