Register to Vote
In case you haven’t noticed, 2016 is a presidential election year. There are several candidates running for a variety of offices. There are federal, state and local elections in Virginia this year. It is of the utmost importance that all citizens exercise their constitutional right and register to vote. You only need to register one time unless you move to a new jurisdiction. It is very easy to register to vote. You can get the required form at any local library or DMV office. The deadline to register to vote in Virginia is October 17th this year.
Over the years I have heard people say that they don’t want to vote. They don’t like politics. Some people don’t want to take the time to learn about the candidates. Some people think that if they register to vote, then they will be called for jury duty. This is one of those urban myths that just won’t go away. The court system finds jurors from the DMV. So if you have a driver’s license, you may as well vote too.
Some people say they are tired of seeing the political ads on TV or hearing sound bites of the candidates during the news. I admit, that sure does get old, but it’s still important to go to the polls on election day and cast your ballot.
Who Do You Vote For?
That’s the best thing about living in a democracy. You can vote for whomever you choose. In Virginia there are five people on the ballot for President of the United States. Google them and look at their ideas. Then make a choice. Make YOUR choice.
There are so many countries in the world that go through the motions of having an election, but there is only one person on the ballot. Then they crow about the fact that their dictator received 99% of the vote!
Why Is It Important to Register to Vote?
The person who is elected as President of the United State on November 8th this year will be the leader of the free world. He or she will determine the course of our nation for the next four years. You might think that you only are one vote among millions but the truth is that every vote counts. In some states during the last presidential election, the election was determined by as few as 6 votes per precinct. That is really important. YOUR vote counts! It’s your right, privilege and duty to go to the polls and VOTE!