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Real change would be possible if everyone got out and voted

Posted: February 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

As Americans, we are blessed with the privilege of free and democratic elections without coercion or fear.

People throughout the Middle East are currently protesting for the same right, being injured and killed for doing so.

At 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, my husband and I walked into our polling place, only to receive a round of cheers. The wonderful volunteers were so happy to see people who understood the importance of exercising their vote.

After receiving my voting receipt, I noticed we were numbers 13 and 14. In almost eight hours, only 14 people had voted in our precinct?

Entire news programs are dedicated to pointing out how our elected officials are ruining our country.

There are large movements of people around the country dedicated to bringing change to the government.

I see pages of this newspaper devoted to community members who are upset at our City Council and school board members. And yet, only 14 people in my precinct had voted by 3p.m.?

I know my vote was important Tuesday. Each time I put my ballot into the box, I am so proud to be an American. It is a privilege to honor those who gave me that right. I only wish everyone felt the same.

Can you imagine the real change it would bring about?

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