TEN REASONS TO VOTE IN LOCAL ELECTIONS – by E.A. Zimmerman
- For local votes, turnout is often poor. There have been cases where significant issues have been decided by a handful of votes – in same cases just one!
- Your vote sends a message. Elected officials tend to listen to the majority.
- Elected officials pay attention to voter turnout. If it is low, they assume people don’t care about the issue, so they should do whatever they want.
- Voting drives elected officials and boards to be accountable to the people whose interests they have been chosen to represent.
- Your vote counts equally with that of the most powerful or richest person in town.
- It’s your civic duty. And it will make you feel good.
- For votes on budgets, your vote expresses your position on how your hard earned income should be spent.
- It gives you a legitimate right to complain.
- Voting is one of the strongest tools citizens have to influence government.
- Our forebears died to give citizens the right to vote. People around the world are still fighting and dying for a privilege that some of us take for granted.
You were given a right. Make your voice heard. Get out and vote on November 5th.