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Why We Need To Vote

Written by Beth Marlin Lichter
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Every citizen of the United States, eighteen years or older is granted the privilege of a vote. We elect our officials. We are given choices and the opportunity to agree or disagree with political parties’ platforms, with individuals running for office. People emigrating to the United States from countries where they were not permitted to vote, where control of their country rested in the hands of a dictator or monarch, are eager to become citizens of the U.S., where they are encouraged to exercise their right to participate in government and freely express their opinions.
Voting is a part of our democratic system, which engages citizens in government from the community level, up to the choosing of the next President. Our country finds itself, going into the 21st century, fraught with large problems which need addressing, such as the economic state we have gotten ourselves into, the decline in affordable health care, and the deplorable condition of our education system. Mini-malls continue to be developed in every part of our communities. When was the last time you saw a new school being built?
With so many issues intrinsic to the well-being of each and every citizen of this country, it behooves us to vote. Register. Become aquainted with the candidates and their agendas. Learn more about upcoming bond measures, special items on local ballots and do at least the minimum that is expected of every eligible voter. Become acquainted with and affiliated with a political party…or not.
Most importantly, cast your vote!

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