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Two quotes from famous Americans urge you to vote Tuesday. Will your voice be heard?

Vote Tuesday! Will your voice be heard?

The Artdog Quote(s) of the Week

In many parts of the USA, Tuesday is Election Day. Do you know who (or what) is on the ballot? Have you done your research? Maybe even already voted, in places that allow advance voting? Good for you! When a 53.4% voter turnout is a record year, a lot of people’s voices aren’t being heard. Will your voice be heard this year?

Here's a pair of illustrated quotes. In the left-hand one Thomas Jefferson says, "We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate." on the right, Susan B. Anthony says, "Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it." I intend both to encourage you. Will your voice be heard?

For those of you asking, “Wait! There’s an election?” shame on you! But it’s still (just barely) not too late. Vote Tuesday! Will your voice be heard? Or will you be one of those who roll over with a yawn and fail to show up, then complain that your voice isn’t heard?

Excuses aren’t hard to find. Will your voice be heard?

Yeah, it’s an off-year. No big marquee names (at least, none are marquee names now. Political careers begin with elections like the one we’re facing this week). But local elections matter precisely because things that happen locally impact us immediately. But they also are the launch-pad for larger careers.

Case in point: who knew, ten years ago, that anyone outside of South Bend, IN would care who its mayor was? Trust me: Small elections matter. And there’s no other place where your vote counts more

As one-time Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill famously said, “All politics is local.” Engrave it on your heart and believe it. Small, local elections matter tremendously. So let your voice be heard!

Here's a red-white-and-blue design with a photo of the late Speaker of the House, Tip O'Neill. It illustrates his famous maxim, "All politics is local." Even in a small, local election, we should let our voices be heard!

So. What’s on your ballot?

In Johnson County, Kansas, it’s an ongoing saga. You may recall in August, we voted in a primary to narrow the field of candidates for local races (in Westwood, only the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees, but it was a battle of progressives versus conservatives, and quite an interesting contest). Tuesday we make the final cuts in that race.

But wait! There’s more! We’re voting for a Mayor and two City Council Members in Westwood, and the local Shawnee Mission School Board has some hotly-contested races. But possibly the most contentious race is for Water District One.

I’m not kidding: the Water District. Climate change and concerns raised by failures in Flint, MI and Newark, NJ have ignited a very active ballot. Think water isn’t important? Try doing without! Yes, Local elections make a big difference to local quality of life. Will you vote? Let your voice be heard!

Here's another pair of quotes to urge you to vote. George Jean Nathan says, "Bad officials are elected by good citizens who don't vote," and George Carlin says, "If you don't vote, you lose the right to complain."

IMAGE CREDITS: Many thanks to Country Living and “15 Voting Quotes that will Make you Proud to be an American” for the quotes from Thomas JeffersonSusan B. AnthonyGeorge Jean Nathan, and George CarlinThe quote from Tip O’Neill is courtesy of Jacobs Media Strategy. Thank you very much, to both!

Decision time. This is IT. Today is Election Day.

Time to choose: either VOTE or SURRENDER.

What’ll it be?

IMAGES: Many thanks to Keith Ellison, and Pinterest for the “Not voting is not a protest” quote graphic (American NewsX, however, has been linked to fake news); to the Sarasota County Democratic Party for the “Go Vote” graphic; and to the ACLU of Alabama for the “Vote Like your Rights Depend on it” graphic.

Use your VOTER voice

Your vote is your voice

When my kids were small we talked about using our “indoor voice” and our “outdoor voice” when trying to teach courteous and practical volume control. But there’s only one appropriate volume to use when voting. It’s your affirmative voice, to tell the world what you want and how it should comport itself.

So do that, please!

IMAGES: Many thanks to WTXL Channel 27 for the “Your Voice – Your Vote” graphic; to Imagur and vinrussell for the “Powerful Weapon” graphic; and to the Kansas ACLU for the “Power Vote” image.

 

Your Vote is your Power

Make your voice heard.

IMAGES: Many thanks to The Riverside Church, for the illustration for its article “Lift Every Voice and Vote,” to The Bull Elephant, for the graphic on reasons why one should vote; and to EdTechSandyK, for the quote from John F. Kennedy.

Does your state allow advance voting?

Big election. Don’t miss out.

Dear Citizens of the USA: Please plan to vote. 

Please learn about the issues, the candidates, the propositions, and the ballot measures. 

If you haven’t started educating yourself, start now! Once you’ve gained a good background, put it to work.

Make your voice heard.

VOTE.

IMAGES: Many thanks to the On the Road to Crunchy Mama blog for the “Educate yourself. Now Vote.” button design, and to NPR and Smartboy 10/Getty Images for the multicolored voting hands illustration.

Of PRIMARY importance!

In both Kansas and Missouri today (also Michigan and Washington state), we’re holding primary elections. Several more states are holding them later in August.

In Kansas, we just received wonderful news, thanks to a wise judge who actually cares about the Constitution: Approximately 18,000 voters, whose local and state votes would have been excluded by an unjustifiable law, now will have their votes counted.

Where do people get the idea that primary elections don't matter?

Where do people get the idea that primary elections don’t matter?

But I’m haunted by the question: how many of them will actually bother to vote? Many people seem to think primaries aren’t all that important. Especially on the local level, they couldn’t be more wrong.

I’m frustrated by the fact that only ultra-conservative right-wing voters seem to have grasped this simple fact. They turn out in force, even for low-voter-turnout primary elections. Perhaps especially for those, because they know how important they are. In much of straight-party-ticket Kansas, the winner of the election is decided in the Republican primary.

Kansans certainly have no excuse for ignorance on this matter. Primary-election victories by hard-right-wing candidates have led us down the path of fiscal destruction in recent elections. The coffers are empty in “Brownbackistan,” and we’ve had our credit rating downgraded twice–but only a hardy handful in Topeka seem to care. We need to make them ALL care. 

Don't sit this--or any election--out, and assume "it doesn't matter." It does.

Don’t sit this–or any election–out, and assume “it doesn’t matter.” It does.

Do not be deceived. Elections–all elections, including primaries–matter. And your vote may be only one vote, but elections have turned on only a few votes. Don’t leave it to chance, or figure (God help us!) “it doesn’t matter who’s in office.”

If you don’t vote, you can’t legitimately complain, although few people let that stop them. But if you do vote–maybe you won’t have so much to complain about later. Why don’t you give it a try? Educate yourself, and vote! Please!

IMAGES: Many thanks to Michigan’s WILX Channel 10 for the “Primary Elections” graphic, and to Texas GOP Vote (See? They get it!) for the “Your Vote Counts” image.

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