Voting Is Your Civic Duty

October 8, 2018

Editor: Become an active participant in the larger community by registering and voting. Whether rich or poor, voting provides a level playing field. If you are an ex-felon in the State of Pennsylvania your voting privileges have been restored. I’ve spent 16 years as the former political action chair for the NAACP Wilkes-Barre Branch #2306 and the NAACP PA State Conference, holding Meet-The-Candidate Forums for many who have sought political office. I made sure members of my community got a chance to see candidates up closely and ask questions. So that when they went into the voting booth they had some familiarity with the candidates and were not simply picking a name that sounded the best. One thing I have learned is that you can’t complain about the outcome when you don’t participate. Voting only occurs twice a year during the primaries and the general election. So, everyone needs to get off their rear ends and participate. Your last day to register for the November midterms is Oct. 9. Even if the candidate you voted for didn’t prevail at least you know you did your part. Voting is like pulling for your favorite sports team and you get to play a part in the final outcome. Believe me, this election is crucial because it determines the path of America’s future and whether it will be a democracy or an authoritarian government. Where the laws apply to everyone or just the selected few and no one is above the law. Not even the President of the United States. Everything we’ve been taught our entire lives is being turned upside down where even politicians are making statements like “truth really isn’t truth” and facts don’t matter. Ronald L. Felton WILKES-BARRE

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