adept, the rhetoric thicker and deeper. It can be a lot to wade through,
particularly this year, when we're voting on everything from Assembly
members to president of the United States.
But if you're not a registered voter, you don't have until Nov. 7 to
decide if you want to be part of the fun or stand on the sidelines. The
deadline for registering to vote next month is Oct. 10 -- as in Tuesday,
four days from now -- so you'd better get a move on.
Of course, the excitement doesn't stop in a month. Next spring, voters
get to cast their ballots in a slew of local races, including the usual
hot contests for city councils. Picking a president is important, but
most folks don't get the chance to swing by his office, say hello and see
how the business of running government is going. That sort of thing can
and does happen with local city council members all the time, so electing
those people is pretty important, too.
The key thing here, though, is voting itself. It's the key the average
American holds that unlocks the door to our democracy, and is the
foundation of our entire system. We get to choose who represents our
interests, who makes our laws and who decides the ways to govern. If we
don't like the way they do it, we can find someone else and vote them in.
It's the ultimate form of self-expression.
"If you don't vote, you can't complain," goes the popular saying.
Well, people who don't vote do complain, and all the time. It's their
right. But somewhere inside, we hope a little voice is telling them
things might have been different if they'd done their part and cast a
Keep your little voice quiet. Get registered, and go vote.