"To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants."
"One who does not vote has no right to complain." Those quotes are from Louis L'Amour
Orem's municipal election is taking place now, with vote by mail, and the general election ends on November 5th. I encourage every one of us to exercise our right to be heard through our right to vote. This is a basic principle of our country. It is what our veterans have fought for and our soldiers have died to protect. The right to vote allows each of us as one of our country's citizens to be heard. This right protects our freedoms from tyranny.
I ask each of you, if you haven't voted yet, to please do so. And if you have voted, thank you. On the importance of voting I would like to offer some quotations from a article in Inc. Magazine.
"We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate." -Thomas Jefferson
"It is heartbreaking that so many hundreds of millions of people around the world are desperate for the right to vote, but here in America people stay home on election day." -Moby
"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting." -Franklin D. Roosevelt
And further some quotations from a Trade School magazine.
"Your vote is your voice and you deserve to be heard."
"Countless Americans have sacrificed their lives or suffered extreme hardships in order to secure your right to vote. That includes military service members, women suffragettes, minority groups, and many others abroad and at home have fought for liberty and civil rights. When you vote, you honor their sacrifices."
"Be a doer, not a complainer. Other people are depending on you to do the right thing. We must never take our voting rights for granted."
Please exercise your rights and guard our freedoms and get out and vote.