Our View: Why it’s important to vote today

Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

By now, you probably are a tad tired of us telling you how important it is to vote in today’s election.

We don’t apologize for the repetition of the message. It is important for Americans to learn about the candidates and cast a ballot.

The local leaders elected today stand to have more influence on our local communities than anyone elected to represent us in Washington or Springfield. There are contested races for many high-profile local offices, including mayor and village president races in towns from Kirkland to Sandwich, including the four-way race to become DeKalb’s next mayor.

As a bit of a reprieve, however, we thought we’d step aside and let others tell you why you should get to know the candidates and vote:

“Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote,” drama critic and editor George Jean Nathan said.

“If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else’s expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves,” economist Thomas Sowell said.

“The ballot is stronger than the bullet,” President Abraham Lincoln said.

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all,” President John F. Kennedy said.

“Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: ‘Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm,” essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson said.

“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men,” President Lyndon B. Johnson said.

“To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain,” author Louis L’Amour said.

Said President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame Theodore Hesburgh: “Voting is a civic sacrament.”

Don’t just take our word for it. Please vote today.

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