Your Vote Is Important Sep19


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Your Vote Is Important

Voting is a privilege and right that everyone should participant in.

You can’t win if you don’t play. Election outcomes are determined by those who participate. Elected officials make important (often life and death) decisions about how our society will expend its collective resources and the restraints it will place on individual behavior. The drinking age, the age at which you can get a driver’s license, and the amount of money your teachers receive are some of the decisions made by elected officials. In making those decisions, elected officials respond to people who bother to vote more than to those who abstain. Voting does not guarantee that one’s preferences will prevail, but choosing not to vote denies a person one of they key tools of having a say in a democracy.

All 18 year old American citizens have the right to register in the community where they live, usually by going to the city hall. Many young voters register when they get their driver’s license. Some states allow mail-in registration or mobile registrars who set up tables at shopping centers or community events. The Web sites mentioned below all provide information, and in some cases direct Web links, to voter registration processes.

For those who wish to go beyond voting, most campaigns are always on the lookout for volunteers. Stopping by a candidate or party headquarters or Web site will often provide a number of volunteer opportunities.

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