Voting connects citizens with their political process. It helps choose our leaders (those who share our views or those who may inspire us). The simple act of marking a ballot tells our leaders what we think about decisions that affect our lives.
Voting connects us to one another as citizens. By taking part in an election and by expressing our point of view, we help our democracy work. By agreeing or disagreeing with our leaders we show that the political system can accept differing points of view and can resolve them. By not voting, we break the connection between individual citizens and their community.
Voting helps to safeguard our freedoms. A democratic community can only survive if its citizens see participation in the political process as a duty and a responsibility.
Thank goodness, we can vote in our country without fear of physical harm, imprisonment, endangering our families or even being killed – which is not the case in some countries. We have certain rights and privileges in the United States and we also have responsibilities. We have a voice. Doing nothing (not voting) is a choice – a choice which has consequences.
Early voting for the Texas election is October 18 to 29, 2010. November 2 is the general and special election.