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By Margie Harper
Voting is the hallmark of democracy and freedom, and the Realtors of the Heart of Kentucky Association urge you to vote in next week’s election.
Our ancestors died on battlefields for this basic freedom. In nations less free, less powerful and less prosperous, people still die asserting the ideals of democracy.
It is a lot easier for us today in America. We do not face intimidation or resistance at our polling places. It is as easy as a run to the convenience store for milk, as time consuming as a stop at the ATM. And, it is as profound an act of self-determination an American can perform.
This year’s election is critical for our country at all levels of government – local, state and federal. Not only will we elect a new president, but also all 435 seats in the U.S. House and one third of the U.S. Senate seats will be decided at the polls next Tuesday. And, of course, numerous state and local officials, as well as issues from growth management to school issues, will be decided at a polling place near you.
We encourage you to not miss this opportunity to exercise your privilege, your right and your obligation to vote. This election may well decide the future of the real estate industry for many years to come. You should ask yourself which candidates at the national, state and local levels best represent your views on homeownership, the economy, taxes, growth, technology and the environment.
In the last presidential election less than half of those people eligible to vote exercised their right to do so. There has been a steady decline in voter turnout in recent years. In fact, the United States now ranks 11th among the world’s democracies in the percentage of eligible voters who exercise that right.
According to the countless polls and surveys that have been conducted to find out why this is so, most people say they do not care or do not feel their vote matters, but let me tell you that it does. There are numerous stories about how one vote counts, and if you do not think it makes a difference, read the following:
So, next Tuesday, Nov. 4, the Heart of Kentucky Association of Realtors asks that you think about the potential power of your vote. It may not seem like much, but it matters, and it’s easy to cast.
One vote – your vote – counts.
Margie Harper is executive vice president, Heart of Kentucky Association of Realtors.