By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – In case you hadn’t noticed, it is Election Day. And if you haven’t voted early, surely you intend to today, right?

What’s that?

You’re awfully busy and you aren’t sure you’re going to make it to the polls? Give me a minute to try to persuade you why your vote today really, really matters.

First of all, don’t stay away because you live in Massachusetts and the polls say most of the marquee races aren’t very close. Governor Charlie Baker may well win re-election today because most voters approve of the job he’s doing, but challenger Jay Gonzalez begs to differ, pointing to erratic public transit, nasty congestion on the roads and sky-high housing costs.

Jay Gonzalez (left) and Gov. Charlie Baker in the WBZ-TV/WSBK Governor’s Debate on October 9, 2018. (WBZ-TV)

If you have a bone or two to pick with Baker’s work, the best way to let him know it is at the polls. Even if he does win, a smaller-than-expected showing will send a message that Baker can’t ignore.

How about the U.S. Senate race, where again polls show incumbent Elizabeth Warren on a glide path to a second term? Because she’s being challenged by the former co-chair of Donald Trump’s Massachusetts campaign, some voters see a Warren vote as a way to register disapproval of Trump. But a vote for Republican Geoff Diehl might also be a way of telling Warren you aren’t thrilled with the idea of her taking time away from her senate work to run for president.

Senator Elizabeth Warren and State Rep. Geoff Diehl (WBZ-TV)

Nothing gets a politician’s attention like election results, and whatever your message is, this is your chance to make it heard. If you prefer to leave it up to strangers to send the messages while you stay silent, that’s your right. But it seems like a no-brainer of a choice.

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Jon Keller

  1. Theodore Oule says:

    Sorry, Jon, the only election results that our politicians pay attention to is whether they win or lose…

    If they lose, they’re gone.

    If they win…they have another few years, as set by their terms of office, to do exactly as they please.

    And if you aren’t convinced of that, just look at the successions of Speakers of the House in our legislature who have been convicted of FEDERAL crimes. Note that those crimes of which they have been convicted are noted to be crimes on the STATE level…It is interesting that our attorneys general…all of the same political party as the felons, chose to ignore the corruption in their own jurisdictions…and the current one is grandstanding and spending taxpayer dollars pursuing law suits that she doesn’t have a prayer of winning.

    Do you really think that the pols care about what their constituents think?

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