Tuesday’s presidential primary kicks off the 2016 election season for Missourians that will be followed by municipal elections April 5, state primary Aug. 9 and general election Nov. 8.

Tuesday’s presidential primary kicks off the 2016 election season for Missourians that will be followed by municipal elections April 5, state primary Aug. 9 and general election Nov. 8.
That’s four chances for voters in the state to have a say in who will be their elected officials on local, county, state and national levels. Some will argue that their vote doesn’t matter, but it does and misses the larger point.
Voting not only is a right, but a privilege. Not voting means you’re giving up that right and privilege. We would argue that not voting takes away the right and the privilege to complain about elected officials.
It’s a shame for any U.S. citizen who’s allowed to vote to not be registered. It’s equally a shame that those registered to vote don’t take the time to do so.
With Tuesday’s presidential primary, many voters may be tempted to skip it because they don’t like any of the candidates. We suppose it’s always that way to an extent, but it seems like this year’s candidates in both parties leave some or a lot to be desired.
That shouldn’t and doesn’t matter. One of them will be president, so we might as well get used to that fact and vote for the one we think will do the best job to lead the country the next four years.
It’s interesting that most voters think there are four Republican candidates and two Democratic candidates for president. In fact, there are 12 GOP, nine Democratic and five Libertarian candidates on the ballot.
Republican candidates, in ballot order, are Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Donald J. Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, John R. Kasich, Rand Paul, Jim Lynch and Mike Huckabee. Democratic candidates are Hillary Clinton, Henry Hewes, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, Bernie Sanders, Keith Judd, Willie L. Wilson, Martin J. O’Malley, John Wolfe and Jon Adams. Libertarian candidates are Austin Peterson, Steven Elliott (Steve) Kerbel, Rhett Rosenquest Smith, Cecil Ince and Marc Allen Feldman.
Almost all of the candidates have no chance of being elected, but any voter can vote for any these candidates. That’s their right and their privilege.