If you haven’t yet, register to vote | Letter

Oct 19, 2016

Editor, The Beacon:

As citizens of the United States of America, we are known by the rest of the world for a great number of things, but perhaps none more than the ability of each citizen to partake in electing the nation’s leaders.

You, your neighbor, the cashier at the supermarket, the receptionist at the dentist’s office all have a say in government, given the unique authority to choose a candidate as each of you see fit.

With the presidential election taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, such a power is made extremely vital and evident – whoever is elected will run the country for the next four years.

If you refrain from voting in this presidential race, you are essentially allowing others to pick for you who will be the next head of the government and the symbol of all the citizens.

With the current, precarious state of the battle for the presidential office, it is clear that passing your vote up, now more than ever, is risky because each and every vote, though ostensibly minute, will matter.

Through the process of voting, we allow our voices to be clearly heard: Even as one person with a single vote, your vote could very well have the ability to shift the ballot.

Thus, I strongly urge you to register to vote if you have not already done so. Oct. 31 is the deadline for in-person registration. You need only to retrieve a form from the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office, fill it out and return it.

Of course, apart from the presidential race, there are many other important national and local races to vote on in November, including for a U.S. representative, a U.S. senator, the Washington state governor, a state representative and a Superior Court justice.

The scale of an election is not always proportional to its importance – though the aforementioned elections don’t get as much attention as the presidential one, their impact is still great, maybe greater.

We are extremely fortunate to be given the choice of selecting our country’s leaders. It is in our best interests to exercise this special power, granted to us through our nation’s most fundamental, establishing principles.


Angela Lee,


Mukilteo Youth Advisory Committee

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