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Modified: Friday, Nov 2nd, 2012

Vote Nov. 6!

We are not being forced to vote? My vote doesn’t count and it doesn’t matter anyways. I’m too busy and they just do what they want. The Electoral College elects the President so why bother. These are the responses people often give about and/or that they use as the reason they do not vote.

Yet, here in the United States of America we have the power to vote. It is not just a responsibility; it is also a source of power. Our sons and daughter, brothers and sisters volunteer to stand the wall and defend our rights and freedoms. We need to make sure that the politicians that we place there are representing the majority of the voters. They only have as much power as we allow them to have. It is true, that they are the ones making the laws, deciding the rules. For one example, they decide how much a person gets taxed, but we are the ones that place them in office. There are differing terms for different offices, but every opportunity that passes by where we do not vote, we allow our rights to be placed in the hands of those who do.

In the Primary Election approximately 56 percent of the electorate in Uinta County turned out to vote, and this is representative of the rest of the United States. When more of us start to vote and interact with our community leaders the better informed we and our leaders will be, and they will understand that citizens are paying attention. The Primary Election decided the vote for many local offices, as most are now running uncontested.

I am sure you have heard this request somewhere before, but please turn out and vote there are many important topics on the ballot this year that will have lasting impacts on our way of life. There are three Constitutional Amendments on the ballot. If Amendment A is approved by voters, Wyoming would be the third state to amend its state constitution in reaction to the 2010 federal health care reform law. Amendment B is intended to recognize and preserve the heritage of Wyoming citizens’ opportunity to harvest wild birds, fish and game. Amendment C if adopted, a district court commissioner could perform additional duties assigned by a district court judge, subject to any restrictions the legislature may impose by law. More information on these ballot issues can be found at: http://soswy.state.wy.us/Elections/Docs/2012/2012BallotIssues.pdf.

We have power, but only if we vote. Please remember “We the People of the United States In Order To Form a More Perfect Union”.......Need to vote!

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