Once again, a certain registered Republican has cast a vote for the GOP nominee she has deemed least likely to succeed.

Once again, a certain registered Republican has cast a vote for the GOP nominee she has deemed least likely to succeed.


I voted for Ron Paul, whom I do not support at all for president, because I didn’t want to support in any way either Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum. I don’t find any of the GOP candidates acceptable.


Why take a Republican ballot, then, you ask?


Because here in Illinois, especially in Tazewell County, that’s just how it needs to be.


I consider myself an Independent at heart, but here in conservative Tazewell County, there’s usually no point in voting at all if you do not take a Republican ballot in the primary.


These are the games Illinois’ primary system forces us to play.


It’s pretty common to have a lot of local races decided at the primary level. Wait for the general election and you’re too late.


This is one of the things I had to explain to my teenager on election day, accompanying him to the polling place in hopes of instilling voting as a lifelong habit.


This was his first election, and when the election judge asked him if he wanted a Republican, Democratic or Independent ballot, he didn’t really know, and at first was leaning toward Independent. They’d be able to “crack open” the still plastic-wrapped package of Independent ballots, the election judge said.


Upon learning how few items are on the Independent ballot, my son followed my lead and opted for a Republican ballot.


As we left the polling place, he confessed to following pretty much the same strategy I did.


Even though he’s far from being a political junkie, he knew he didn’t favor either of the top GOP options.


Can’t we come up with a better primary system, one that would allow people to vote in their true chosen party’s primary for national offices while allowing them a voice in local races that have no competition from the other party?


That would be better for everyone.


Then again, does it matter, when so few people are voting anyway?


We were voters No. 59 and No. 60 at 4 p.m., an election judge said, adding that he’s seen past elections that have racked up that many voters by 7 a.m.


Unfortunately, I doubt there is any form of primary that would induce the apathetic to vote. And actually, that’s OK with me. It just means my vote carries that much more weight.


So if you chose to sit out the election this time, don’t worry. I voted, and hopefully you agree with all the choices I made for you.


If you don’t, well, you had your chance.


Michelle Teheux may be reached at mteheux@pekintimes.com.