• The importance of voting
    March 08,2013
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    I have returned home from voting wearing my “I Voted” sticker with great pride. There were no contests on this ballot, with write-ins always possible, as well as affirming the willingness and efforts of fellow townsmen to keep our town thoughtfully well run.

    Since I cast my first ballot at 21, then the legal voting age, in 1951, I have almost never missed voting. One notable exception was when our family lived in Europe for five years. Diplomatic and military personnel could vote, and individual state laws of last U.S. residence varied, but I was disenfranchised and felt indignant. A few years later the law was changed to allow all U.S. citizens living abroad to vote in a presidential election.

    One town we lived in, in another state, had 98 percent of its registered voters turn out for one presidential election. Could that happen here?

    We have a friendly competition for blood drives, and it saves lives. Could we keep track of our voting percentages and have friendly competitions among Vermont towns and cities to bring out the highest percentage? It could save our democracy, or at least improve its good health.

    Meantime our media and public venues could try their best to tell us about candidates, but even more importantly, give them their own voice for us voters to read and hear, helping us all be better informed voters.

    Did you vote? Please and thank you. See you in November, if not sooner.

    RHEBA HALEY

    Mendon
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