The Inside Scoop

Your Vote Counts

By John J. Tassoni, Jr.

It’s October, the primary is over and it is just weeks away from the general election. Though we’ve already been inundated with political ads, signs and the usual rhetoric for many months, it is important to remember the underlying reason for voting.

America is fortunate to have a government that is elected by its citizens. These ruling entities affect every aspect of our lives. Voting is an important right in our society. By voting, you are speaking your mind and making your voice heard to record your opinion on how you think the government should operate. Voting lets us tell elected lawmakers how we feel about what matters most to us – education, public safety, social security, health care, and other important issues.

As long as this country has existed, there were people who did not want us to vote. Freedom fighters changed that by standing up for the right to vote. Even in today’s advanced society, there are still people who want to take away our voting privilege. Voting preserves our right and removes their power over us.

When we vote, we are also speaking for our children and their children, helping to secure their futures.

Voting can actually give you the credibility to make your concerns a top priority for legislators. I was a state senator for 12 years. I listened when people spoke because your vote and belief in my representation was number 1 on my agenda. (It still is). Your vote gave me the credibility and the responsibility to work on your behalf.

Remember, there is power in numbers, and casting a vote proves it. If you don’t vote for what you believe in, others will – and you may not like the outcome.

Voting changes communities. How will you change yours? Only your vote will tell.