I will start this email by stating that I have voted for you in several past elections, both while I lived in Elkhart County and then this past election after I moved to Turkey Creek Township. After researching the other candidates, I felt you were the best to do the job for our district; however, after your vote on SB1, I have to say you have lost mine. I cannot vote for a politician who would vote yea to allowing the nullification of 1.3 million votes and the changing of an elected position — one that has been voted on by Hoosiers for more than 100 years — into that of an appointed position.
Rather than taking such drastic measures that discount how our country functions and throws out the votes of so many, why not smooth out such “dysfunction” and actually work together rather than being so stuck to a party’s agenda. Because you see, that is what is wrong with our country: Politicians can’t work together anymore and actually complete a job. No, they just do whatever their party wants, ignoring the people for whom the government is suppose to be for.
In all this shameful maneuvering, I’m just grateful that one politician elected to serve my district had the gull to stand against his party and stand for democracy. I was so proud to see that Rep. Nisly listened to the people and respected democracy enough to not nullify 1.3 million votes.
I can only hope that come election time Hoosiers will remember the names of all those who voted for this upheaval of democracy and vote them out. Politicians who voted yea on this bill are dangerous. While we’d like to believe that our democracy cannot fall — that what has happened in other countries’ histories, can’t happen here in the U.S.– that it is not the case. Ironically, today, the day of the vote, I came across a quote given recently by Margaret Atwood: “Nothing makes me more nervous than people who say, ‘It can’t happen here.’ Anything can happen anywhere, given the right circumstances.” You and your colleagues have put the building blocks in place.
I hope in the future that you will not be so locked into doing what your party demands and will do what is best for your constituents.