By Juanita Bratcher
Publisher & CEO, CopyLine Magazine
As the Publisher & CEO of CopyLine Magazine, I urge all voters to make sure that their voices are heard in this election and in all elections in the spirit of our forefathers who went through some difficult and abusive times to get the right to vote in this country.
It is important that we exercise our right to vote and choose those persons that will work toward the best interests of all people. We must always remain vigilant when it comes to participating in the democratic process â€“ both locally and nationally.
Moreover, we should always make certain that democracy is provided to every American citizen/voter. No one should be disenfranchised from having that right.
Our forefathers fought every step of the way â€“ valiant and forthright â€“ in their efforts to overthrow bigotry and racism, and open up the ballot box to blacks. And they never thought about surrendering to those injustices being heaped upon them. And neither should you! Our efforts must be penetrating and remain intact.
If you didnâ€™t vote during Early Voting, today is your last chance to go to the polls and vote in this February 24th election. Please make a special effort to do so. Go to the polls today and vote so that your voices can be heard and make for a more democratic process.
When we vote we have a voice; a voice far from being silenced. And we must fight tooth and nail, every step of the way, to extinguish efforts by some who would try to disenfranchise voters’ constitutional right to the ballot box.
It is important that citizens exercise their right to vote, inasmuch as it not only gives them the opportunity to elect representatives that will work in their best interest, but ensure them a stake in the legislative process. The ballot is a powerful weapon to effect change and low voter turnout allows the minority to make decisions for the majority.
You cannot be apathetic or systematically turned off from going to the poll and casting your ballot. Donâ€™t abandon the ballot box; and cast your vote with prudent tenacity.
Voting gives power to the people who use it.
Thereâ€™re some things you can never stop fighting for, and exercising your right to vote is one of them.
Take heed: Know those candidatesâ€™ backgrounds that are running for elective office and know them by their deeds. But most importantly, always be aware of the messenger and the message he/she brings.
Think about it! Your vote is vital to keeping the Democratic process intact.
Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist, the Publisher of www.copylinemagazine.com and the author of several books, songwriter and poet. She has been a Journalist for more than 39 years covering politics, education and a wide-range of other topics.