How often are you asked your opinion on a major issue?
Well, March 1 and Nov. 8 are the two days that you will be asked to share your opinion on who should lead our nation. And I’d say that is a pretty major issue.
I’ve probably heard all the excuses for not voting, and some, may even be legitimate: “It takes too long,” “I don’t know where to go,” “I don’t know enough about the candidates,” or, “my vote doesn’t matter.” But, I’d urge you to get past the excuses and share your opinion by voting this year!
As Americans, we have the unique privilege and opportunity to vote. Not only is it our right, but I believe it is our duty.
On Tuesday, March 1, Texas is one of 11 states participating in a presidential primary election. Ballots cast on March 1 also will decide many important local elections. For example sheriffs, Texas house representatives, and congressional candidates will be on the ballot.
I’d also like to get back to the excuse that argues “my vote doesn’t matter,” and remember the election in 2000 between George W. Bush and Al Gore. In that contest, former President George W. Bush won the state of Florida by just 537 votes.
Now, had one other person out of that 537, stayed home that day and not voted because they believed their vote did not matter, they didn’t know enough about politics, or any one of the other arguments out there for not voting, American history would be quite different.
I am counting on you to uphold your civic duty, and get out there and vote. Tell your friends, your neighbors and your family members as each and every one of you can be apart of shaping our country.
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), sixth president of the United States.
Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. A successful business owner and lifelong public servant, Price uses this forum to ensure transparency and inform residents of issues and programs that affect their daily lives.
About Mayor Price
Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. Read the mayor's bio »
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