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Editor's Voice: Don't throw away your right to cast a ballot

Posted 10/29/13

 

It is every American’s right to cast a ballot in elections. Our ancestors fought for that right – more than once. In the 1700s, the 13 Colonies railed against “taxation without representation,’’ leading to the American …

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Editor's Voice: Don't throw away your right to cast a ballot

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Especially when local elections are so important. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, voters in Middletown and Steelton will go to the polls to pick borough councils and mayors. Councils pass local laws, set borough budgets, manage borough property, provide borough services. They have a tremendous impact on our lives.

So no matter what you think about the running of your town – you can love the way it's managed or hate the way it's managed – realize that your opinion counts most at the election poll.

In Middletown, voters are suddenly getting bombarded by campaign literature – letters and websites, many from people who aren’t even candidates – that have brought the approaching election into immediate focus. In two days this past week, Middletown voters received as many as three letters endorsing candidates. It's no longer on the horizon. It's here.


The time has come to make up your mind and cast your ballot. Pretending your vote doesn’t count is a mistake – particularly in local elections, where the winners are typically victorious by slim margins, not by thousands. And don't use the excuse that all candidates are the same. They are not. Which ones should run your government? Your voice is significant in the outcome.

So don’t waste the opportunity. Don’t let it pass. Exercise your right to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5. This is how you ensure that you get the government you want.

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