I want to thank Mary Hall for her recent article, “A good day to remember why we ought to vote.” Only 13 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds voted in the last election in our state. When almost an entire generation is choosing not to add their voice to the future direction of our country, it is not only disturbing, but heartbreaking.
When young Americans no longer understand or appreciate that they live in a democracy, democracy doesn’t stand a chance. If you give up on politics and become too cynical, when you think your vote doesn’t matter or that it doesn’t make a difference, our democracy becomes weaker and your voice is lost.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s statement that “our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” resonates with me. For every citizen to have an equal opportunity at life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness you must vote for your voice to be heard. Never underestimate what we can accomplish together. Voting matters…and the future of our democracy depends upon you.