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If eligible, get out and vote

Greetings from your District 36 senator. In about two weeks we will have a national election where all United States citizens 18 years and older will have the right to vote for a candidate of their own choice. This was not always true in the past...

Greetings from your District 36 senator. In about two weeks we will have a national election where all United States citizens 18 years and older will have the right to vote for a candidate of their own choice. This was not always true in the past history of the United States.

In the 1800s only white male property owners could vote. Following the Civil War, African American males won the right to vote with the passage of the 18th amendment. In 1920, women won the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th amendment. In 1971, the 26th amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.

There are some countries in the world today that only allow voting rights to certain classes of people. There are also some countries that allow citizens to vote, but it is only a formality, as the country is ruled by a dictator style of government. In other countries today, people risk their lives to vote due to the threats from different rulers and different classes of people.

The percent of eligible voters who voted in the past elections in the United States has been very low (sometimes less than 50 percent). This is not a very good trend for our country. Some people feel their vote does not count. That is totally incorrect! Every vote counts! Many men and women of the past have given their lives to preserve this right for us today. We must make voting a priority for ourselves and our country. I feel we have no right to complain about government (local, state or federal) if we do not exercise our right to vote.

The midterm election this year may go down as one of the most important elections America has had in its history. I encourage you to vote on Nov. 2. Also remind all of your friends to do the same. The future of our country and our children is worth the effort. Your vote does count!

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Nodland, Dickinson, is the District 36 senator.

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