As voters hit the primaries today in NH it got me thinking. Why should I care? I confess I have only voted once in a presidential race and that was the last election in 2004. As I voted for Kerry that day I realized by vote will never count. With the Electoral College system I will never truly get a vote because the state I live in, NC, votes Republican. Yes, I live in a so called Red State. Although, I am not a Democrat either. I am an undecided or independent voter.
Does my vote count? NC has voted Republican for every election I have been alive for (since Regan’s first term, 1980). I do not see that changing anytime soon. We are not known as a swing state and thus candidates don’t pay us much attention. I feel I am stuck. My only option as an undecided voter in NC is to agree with my state or not have my vote count. That is frustrating and brings me to the question, why should I care?