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  •  Call me an old fart... (11+ / 0-)

    ...but I just don't understand NOT voting. I've voted in every election since I turned 18 back in 1964. I missed a few primaries back when I was in college, as well as a few local elections back then because they were held on odd days. But since Illinois' Consolidation of Elections Law passed, I'm 100 percent except for a couple when I was in the hospital.

    I would feel extremely guilty if I failed to vote, and I would be right to feel that way. Casting an informed vote is one of the primary responsibilities of citizens living in democracies.

    And besides, thousands of my tax dollars have gone to create the conditions for a literate, informed citizenry to cast ballots, from public schools where they were taught to read and write and the civics and history classes they need to understand how our system of government works (to which far too few apparently paid attention), to the roads folks take to polling places, to all those election day workers staffing polling places in churches, schools, commercial, and government buildings in every community in the land.

    Since 9/11 I've sensed our democracy slipping slowly away due to fear and ignorance and the growing influence of authoritarianism. But I'm not about to throw in the towel and let the yahoos win without a fight. It's my right and more to the point, it's my duty to vote.

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