Tuesday, November 06, 2007


Today's Election Day!! I hope you have all made it out to the polls or are planning to go this evening. Junior and I voted this morning for local judges, state supreme court judges, county commissioners, school board members and several retention races.

Here's a few reasons why you really need to make voting a priority:
  1. It's your money. The county commissioners, governor, state treasurer, legislators, president and members of Congress you vote for will decide how much of your money to invest in public services and how to fairly share the tax burden.
  2. It's your children's education. You elect local and state school board members who set public education policy and budgets that will affect how well prepared your children and grandchildren will be for the future.
  3. It's your job. Congress, the president, the governor and your legislators influence what job training is available, minimum wage, pay equity, fairness in hiring, health insurance through your employer, job and pension security, and workplace safety.
  4. It's your health care. Decisions on Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance laws determine your access to health care.
  5. They're your highways. Your county commissioners, legislators, governor and members of Congress decide what highways are needed, what alternatives to highways such as public transit to support, and how to pay the bill.
  6. It's your Social Security. The president and members of Congress decide how much payroll tax you pay, cost of living increases and benefit schedules for your Social Security pension, and what Medicare services you receive and share payment for.
  7. You breathe the air and drink the water. Your county, state and national elected officials set pollution standards, enforcement strategies and budgets. They plan and zone where roads and industries will be built and how public lands will be used --decisions that can determine how safe your air and water are.
  8. It's your neighborhood. Your elected officials and judges you vote to retain make daily decisions about crime prevention, laws and law enforcement, safe and affordable homes, traffic patterns, where to put schools, parks and recreation.
  9. They're our children. We do our best to keep them healthy, fed, safe, educated and cared for when we are at work or unable to provide. The officials you elect can help or hinder families trying to do their job.

It's your democracy. Make it work. Register and Vote.

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