By: Ana Diaz
The right to vote, for citizens over the age of 18, in the United States is based on the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people. As we near the time to exercise this right, we should reflect on some key points before selecting our leaders.
1. Understand who you are in this process. You hold the most important office as you get to select who leads us. Your vote matters. The majority who show up to vote are the people who are making the decisions of who will lead us.
2. The right to vote was not always available to all people in our nation. Honor the sacrifice of others by doing what was denied to so many.
3. Decisions that impact our small-town community are made by city council and a mayor, who we select by voting.
4. Laws that impact our community can be amended through a vote. Research how amendments impact you, your family and your work. Vote on what is best based on your story.
5. Don’t be disheartened by poor leadership in political office because no matter how strong they think they are, the collective voice of the people can remove that inadequate leader. You have the power to vote weak leaders out.
Great leaders use the power to vote. Together, the majority of the people who actually show up to vote send a message that says this is what we need, and this is who can lead us to realizing what we need. Vote! Vote! Vote!