So here it is.   Election Day 2010.  For many it couldn’t have come soon enough!  Too much rhetoric, too much negativity, just too much!

But for some, they still don’t see why they should vote.  If you are one of those folks who thinks that your vote doesn’t matter or it’s just a waste of time to vote, here’s a few thoughts from the Knox County Clerk in Illinois.

Give it a read, give it some thought, and then…GET OUT AND VOTE!!

Why Should I Vote?  To make your voice heard … Every Vote Counts!

The Importance of Voting

Voting is one of the most important rights and responsibilities that U.S. citizens have.  About 150 million American citizens are qualified to vote.  Unfortunately, many don’t.  They give up on a chance to choose leaders and representatives who will do things that are important to them.

Why Vote?

Nobody can force a citizen to vote.  But many citizens do vote, because voting lets them tell the government what they want it to do. If citizens think they’re paying too many taxes, they can vote for a person who promises to lower taxes.  If citizens want more services, they can vote for someone who will promise to spend funds to gain more services.

Every Vote Counts

It’s also important for citizens to know how to work the voting machines or to mark the ballots they’ll be using when they vote, so that their votes will be counted.  Why is that so important?  Because every vote counts!  An election might be decided by a single vote and history would be changed because a person got…or lost…that one vote!

You Can Make a Difference!  Here’s how:

Play a role in choosing our leaders and changing our laws by voting.

If you’re 18 or older, vote in every federal, state, and local election.

Learn about the candidates and issues before you vote in any election.

Know what’s going on in your country and community.

Write letters to public officials about issues that are important to you.

Remind everyone 18 and older to vote.

Respect your right to vote!  It’s a privilege that many people in the world don’t have.