Much too often we do not hold our elected officials accountable in their voting records. Citizens also have a responsibility in accountability — that is, they need to be active participants in citizenship by paying attention to what is going on and by voting. Too often citizens are not accountable when they fail to vote, especially on the local and state levels.
The media could do a better job of tracking votes by our elected officials. We are thinking chiefly about our state and federal members of legislative bodies. It is the media’s responsibility to inform citizens of how their representatives voted on bills. We could do a better job. For small weeklies who do not belong to the Associated Press or some other reporting service, it’s difficult. One reason The Missourian joined the Associated Press more than 50 years ago was to have a source for news in the state capitol.
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