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We all have power at the polls – use it

Lots of people have power over you. This is an uncomfortable fact of life. Your boss may have unrealistic expectations of you. If you are a student, your teachers have the power to assign a grade to your work. Your family members might exert power over you. You have to pay the taxes your are assessed whether you agree or not.

But there is one place where no one can tell you what to do. There is one place where no matter how much money you have, no matter how much power you have, everyone in the U.S. is equal. You have exactly the same amount of power as the president of the U.S. That place is the polling place. Each person has exactly one vote. It is private. You can tell all of your friends that you are voting one way, and when you go into the voting booth, you can vote the opposite way. Your right to vote is protected.

There are millions of people all over the world who would give even their lives to have such power. Yet, come Election Day, almost half of all Americans do not bother to exercise this power. As with many things, if you don’t use it, you may lose it. This is an election year. Voting couldn’t be easier. If you are not sure how to go about getting registered, or you can’t remember if you are registered to vote,simply go to Vote.org.

You don’t have to wait until a perfect candidate comes along. Candidates are people just like you, only perhaps a little braver. Choose the candidates whose values are closest to yours and vote for them. If you don’t vote, you are allowing others to choose for you. You are giving up the gift of power.

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