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Please vote!

The United States of America has a democratic republic, where voters elect leaders to write our laws and create many of the conditions we live in.  The preamble to our Constitution begins with “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union….” 

We knew hundreds of years ago that we weren’t perfect. We still aren’t. But we can definitely say that our system allows us to work toward that perfection every day.    

The way to move us forward is to participate in that process, and one critical way to do that is to vote.

“We the People” are the solution to all our current problems. It’s up to us to be informed and vote. Voting is our responsibility and our right. We want to vote so that we have a say in things, so we don’t let others make decisions for us without our input. We vote so that elected officials act in the public’s best interest. From the local school board to the U. S. President, decisions are made that affect our daily lives and move us closer to a “more perfect Union.”

Of course, anytime we vote, we want to make our vote count and be sure to vote for the right candidates and propositions, using our critical thinking skills. That takes a little work on our part, to research the issues and candidates in the races in our area. 

In Alaska, we can read the Division of Elections official election pamphlet at https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/officialelectionpamphlets.php to learn about the candidates and ballot measures. We can also learn our voting status, polling locations, and much more at https://elections.alaska.gov

Nationally, we have a great tool at hand: VOTE411. VOTE411 (https://www.vote411.org) is a site created by the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan group that has been helping voters since 1920. They can be trusted to provide information without regard to party or special interests. On this site, you can find information to confirm your voting location, if you need ID when you vote, and look at the candidates and issues in your area. It’s a great way to start if you are looking for basic information about voting.   You can also click on the tab “Find a Local League” to learn more about your local League of Women Voters.

Whether it’s in person or via mail, today or on November 3rd, please vote. Exercise your right and be part of our history. Help us reach an even “more perfect Union.”

I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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