Tennessean Voices: Voting Early is Chance to Exercise Important Right
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.