Get out and Vote!

November 6, 2018

by Rob Roper

Your fellow citizens are turning out in record numbers this year. Make sure you’re in the game as well.

Issues that affect your life in serious ways are on the line today. Will the legislature pass a Carbon Tax on gasoline, home heating fuel, etc.? Will they pass a new payroll tax to pay for a mandatory, government-run paid family leave insurance program? Will they raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour? Will they continue to allow the State Board of Education to merge local school districts that don’t want to merge? Will they pass more restrictions on gun owners? Will the governor have enough allied legislators to sustain vetoes of these bills if necessary?

If you care about any of these issues, vote!

If you care but don’t think your vote matters, just remember that in 2010 Rep. David Ainsworth lost his seat to Sarah Buxton by one vote. Six years later, he won the seat back… by one vote. Your vote does make a difference. Sometimes THE difference!

And, bring your friends and relatives to the polls! While there are more examples of one vote margins than you may think, there are TONS of races that are decided by four, seven, sixteen votes. Be the difference.

No excuses! Vermont now allows for election day registration, so even if you are not registered to vote, you can be before the polls close today.

So, vote! As the lottery ads say, you’ve got to be in it to win it.

Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute

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