Tennessean Voices: Voting Early is Chance to Exercise Important Right

July 19, 2010 by  
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The mission of Tennessee Citizen Action (TNCA) is to work tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of Tennessee to improve overall health, well-being, and quality of life. One of our specific tasks is to preserve and protect unencumbered access to the ballot box. In addition, we are committed to encouraging actual use of the ballot box and this summer we will continue our work to engage underserved populations in the democratic process.

Last week, TNCA’s Kris Murphy wrote in the Tennessean about the importance of voting and the convenience of early voting because what good is access to the ballot box if you don’t use it?

Here’s an excerpt of Kris’ article:

Every suc­cess and every fail­ure of the gov­ern­ment can be traced back directly to the choices we make in the vot­ing booth. The gov­ern­ment can only suc­ceed when we take the time to learn about the can­di­dates, look at their records, and choose the per­son we feel will be best for the job. The gov­ern­ment fails when we let sound bites and empty promises guide our choice or worse, when we just sit at home and don’t vote at all. Vot­ing is like any­thing else in life: once we start vot­ing it becomes a habit that we don’t want to stop.

The elec­tion tak­ing place this August has two parts. First, we will be vot­ing in party pri­maries, decid­ing which can­di­dates will rep­re­sent our party in the Novem­ber elections.

The sec­ond part of the bal­lot con­tains the choices for a vari­ety of impor­tant local offices, such as Juve­nile Court clerk, school board mem­bers and others.

The pri­mary elec­tions give us the oppor­tu­nity to show our party the type of can­di­date that we think best rep­re­sents our ideals.

Local elec­tions don’t always get the same atten­tion as higher pro­file races; but these elec­tions often deter­mine who will make the deci­sions that affect us most directly.

Today, it is eas­ier and more con­ve­nient than ever to vote. With two weeks of early vot­ing plus Elec­tion Day on Aug. 5, there are no excuses. Make your choice and make a difference.

To find out more about early vot­ing, includ­ing times and loca­tions, go to www.nashville.gov/vote.

Visit us here if you’d like to learn more about our work to register and engage voters in communities that have been traditionally left behind.

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