The election pulse, that is. And that pulse
is not very good at all. In fact, if that
pulse were measuring the lifeline of voter interest
in this election, we'd be seeing a monitor mainly
showing a flat line!
Yesterday the crew took to streets to meet with and
talk to the voters. Why? Because it's the
voters who are real decision makers, the ones who
choose the course of governing, the ones who set
the priorities for which issues will be the most
important. If anyone is going to help get
accessibility issues on the radar, it's the people.
So what did they have to say?
Some people we talked to were very serious about
voting, passionate about participating, and driven
with their opinions on the election. I was
inspired by these people, but saddened that they
were among the minority of those with whom we
Many did not care at all about the election.
In fact, many people either didn't care or
were not even aware of an upcoming election.
The most common and disturbing response I
received was "I do not vote". Warren's World
crew members would just look at each other,
speechless. And, believe me, if I'm
speechless and have nothing to say, my friends,
then you're witnessing a very rare occurrence.
Many people were dismayed with the political system
and expressed a very pointed distrust of
politicians in general. There were dead-set
against participating in any way.
You see, I find this very disheartening because if
people don't participate or don't care, I'm not
sure how we advance important issues, like building
an inclusive society and achieving accessibility.
Maybe I'm overly romantic about inclusion and
participation, about being a fully participating
member of society. Maybe it's because it's
something that I can't take for granted. I
only wish that more people understood and
appreciated just how much they have and what voting
can actually mean for them.
On a more upbeat note, that was our first in a
series of experience you'll be able to read about
and listen to in this section of the website.
If you have the ability to participate, and you
don't have any limitations (like mine) to doing so,
don't take this for granted. Participation
and inclusion is something that many people
struggle to achieve each and every day.