Reasons Why ALL People Should Vote.

By Catherine Cooper | Apr 08, 2014
Courtesy of: Douglas County Election Center

Top 10 Reasons to Register and Vote

10. It's your money. The county commissioners, governor, state officials, legislators, president and members of Congress you vote for will decide how much of our wealth to invest in public services and how to fairly share the tax burden.

9. It's your children's education. You elect local and state school board members who set public education policy and budgets that will affect how well prepared your children and grandchildren will be for the future. Decisions by our legislators, governor, members of Congress and president also affect the public schools-- and the quality and cost of higher education as well.

It's your job. Congress, the president, the governor and your legislators influence what job training is available, minimum wage, pay equity, fairness in hiring, health insurance through your employer, job and pension security, and workplace safety.

It's your health care. Actions by the governor, legislature and Congress as well as their decisions on Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance laws determine your access to health care.

They're your highways.Your county commissioners, legislators, governor and members of Congress decide what highways are needed, what alternatives to highways such as public transit to support, and how to pay the bill.

It's your Social Security. The president and your members of Congress decide how much payroll tax you pay, cost of living increases and benefit schedules for your Social Security pension, and what Medicare services you receive and share payment for.

You live in Maine Your county, state and national elected officials set standards, enforcement strategies and budgets. They plan and zone where roads and industries will be built and how public lands will be used --decisions that can determine how and where you live and work.

It's your neighborhood. The elected officials and judges you vote to retain make daily decisions about crime prevention, laws and law enforcement, safe and affordable homes, traffic patterns, where to put schools, parks and recreation.

They're our children. We do our best to keep them healthy, fed, safe, educated and cared for. The officials you elect set policies that affect all families in pursuing their goals and dreams.

1.  It's your Constitutional Republic. Make it work. Register and Vote.

Comments (3)
Posted by: JOCELYN WILCOX | Apr 09, 2014 15:09

This country was established on the belief that We The People, by electing members of our local communities, state, and federal offices to work together to establish honest and fair legislation for all, not just a few. The country cannot continue the scare tactics of shut downs, or other high risk failures to perform what our people have been sent to accomplish for us. The current elected people have failed to work together for the common good. The attitude of it's my way or the highway - cannot continue. If these children cannot function as they have been sent to on our behalf, they must be voted out.  It is time WE THE PEOPLE stand up and speak by voting them out.


Posted by: Catherine Cooper | Apr 09, 2014 12:18

Or liberals who want to hijack your wallet to give to some 20 something layabout who claims to have 'anxiety'.

Posted by: Robin Gabe | Apr 09, 2014 11:30

... AND it's your way to ensure that extremists such as the Tea Party and ultraconservatives don't hijack our government!

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