The MRA National election of officers has begun, and will span the next few weeks. I ran across a George Bush quote that I found funny (regardless of your view on George Bush) regarding elections. He once said, “I'll be glad to reply to or dodge your questions, depending on what I think will help our election most.” Elections in general, at the MRA Chapter level, and on the MRA National scale, all seem to struggle with generating enough buzz to produce good voter turnout. I started thinking…

There is a vested interest to participate in the election of officers at all levels. Regarding the MRA election process, why do or don’t our MRA members vote?

  • Emerson once wrote, “Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: ‘Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm.” I wonder if some of our members do not believe that their vote really counts. I’m here to tell you that it does. If you want your voice heard, elect people to MRA that reflect you and your organization and how you’d like the Association to assist you. MRA exists to serve you…not the other way around.
  • The esteemed Ann Landers once said, “Too many people today know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” It’s possible that some members do not understand the value that MRA provides them or their organization. A significant amount of work is involved in maintaining the Association, both from an employee and voluntary standpoint, all with the aim of providing value. MRA provides a service that goes above and beyond networking. Find out what your membership can do for you, you’ll likely vote more often.
  • Will Rogers (you know…the cowboy/actor from the ‘30’s) once said “We always want the best man to win an election. Unfortunately, he never runs.” It’s very possible that many of the members of the Association do not personally know the candidates for MRA office…resulting in decreased participation. Get to know the candidates…I’m sure they’d love to get to know you.
  • There’s no one to vote AGAINST . W.C. Fields said, “I never vote for anyone. I always vote against.” It’s very possible that MRA candidates are all very good. Not an evil villain to vote against exists among them…maybe we should get one.

Finally, the infamous Jack Handy once said, “Sometimes I think you have to march right in and demand your rights, even if you don't know what your rights are, or who the person is you're talking to. Then on the way out, slam the door.” You have a right and a responsibility to vote in the upcoming election. Don’t slam the door on your way out.

Why do you or don’t you vote in the MRA National election?