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Letter: Make your voice heard through voting

Published: Sunday, March 16, 2014 10:33 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I could write a letter describing how important voting is, and that Americans should not take that right for granted. I could write about how many Americans died in wars to protect that right to vote and our other rights and freedoms.  

I could describe the history of the long struggle that women went through in order to get the right to vote a century ago. Having the right to vote for only around a century is not that long ago compared to the whole history of the United States.  

I could explain that Tuesday’s primary is important because it gives voters the chance to choose from the candidates they wish to see on the ballot again in November. There are candidates running against each other for governor, which is an important race. The governor does have a major role in what happens in our daily lives.  People who vote in the primary on Tuesday – and those who voted early – will play a role in who will become the governor in November by exercising their right to vote.  

Instead, I encourage everyone to take a couple of minutes to think about being in the politicians’ shoes. If you were a candidate running for office, how much would you care about the people who do not vote, or would you care more about the people who do vote?

Get the politicians to care about you – vote. 

Kay Shelton

League of Women Voters of DeKalb County


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