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Letter: Area's low election turnout a shame

To the Editor:

As I read the Daily Chronicle on Wednesday, April 5, the story on page 2 really bothered me: 23.5 percent of all the registered voters in the county voted in the April 4 election.

What a disgrace! We hear, "my vote doesn't count"! Based on the past presidential election, we know that's not true.

People say, "I'm too busy." What could be more important than voting, especially in local elections where we are so close to those running?

I'm proud to say, and may be bragging a bit, but I voted in the presidential election in 1964, coming home from college to do so. I have never missed an opportunity to vote to this day.

I voted absentee from 1966-'69 while I was in the U.S. Army and out of the state. It did not matter what the election was for, I felt a duty and responsibility to vote.

Anyone who doesn't vote has no right to complain about what our elected officials do. Let me thank and congratulate all those people who took a huge chunk out of their lives to run for public office.

Hopefully in the next election, registered voters will flood the voting booths and we'll see percentages in the 70 percent-plus range. It really takes so little time to vote.

Michael D. Larson

DeKalb

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