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Nov 21, 2018

Do You Vote?

By Glen J. Dalakian Sr.

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I was recently engaged in a conversation that led to a discussion on some public policies which had been negatively impacting the person I was speaking to. She went on about how the new legislation was unfair to her, and how she could not believe it was imposed upon us.

During the conversation, a question came to my mind and I asked her, “Well, who did you vote for?” She replied, “Oh, I don’t vote.”

I was shocked, but then remembered how many Americans pass on their opportunity to impact our country by voting. As far as I’m concerned, when this person complained about legislation but then stated that she does not vote, the conversation was over.

I am not writing to choose sides, but to encourage each and every American who is eligible to do so. You owe it to your country, your community – and yourself. And I don’t mean just show up and cast a ballot. Think how much more positive the effects of government could be if all citizens cared about issues, did the research, and cast an informed and impassioned vote.

It amazes me how many Americans do not go to the polls. More of us need to take the time to express ourselves in the electoral process. Should we throw away our right to vote? Your opinions can matter, but only if you choose to use your ballot power.

Many important issues are at hand and the stakes can be high. There has always been the typical ruckus between political parties, which is what we have all come to expect from the November frenzy, but this year things could be different if more of us show up on Election Day.

My point is simple: I’d love to see more people take the time to educate themselves, make a solid choice for good reasons, and then go and vote. It is in our mutual best interest to see as many of the electorate as possible go to the polls.

Year after year, we leave important decisions on who will run our local, state and federal governments to a handful of people. A recent article by Drew Desilver was titled “U.S. trails most developed countries in voter turnout.” We owe it to ourselves to execute our right to vote, a privilege that past generations have fought hard to protect.

Evaluate the parties and candidates on the ballot, and see who would move in the direction you agree with most. I challenge you to invest some time and make an informed decision, and my hope is that each of us will vote with passion, conviction and a clear understanding of what America needs most, a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” Franklin D. Roosevelt