Personal Growth

Your Vote Counts

April 18, 2019

Have you ever heard anyone say something along the lines of, “I don’t bother to vote, my vote doesn’t count”? Every time I hear that I feel an overwhelming sense of despair. I am here to tell you that your vote counts. Each and every single vote matters! Just take a look at the close races across the country in recent elections.

 

Community Awareness

I have always had a strong interest in politics and government. At one point I concidered a political science degree, with history a close second. I am a political junkie and enjoy sharing ideas and discussions to the point of relishment, much to the annoyance of my friends and family.

A few posts back, I wrote about my dream of opening a community center for day laborers and their families. Since I started working on the community center, it has been clear that I need to reach out to city hall for support. Boy, am I out of my element! The first time I called to schedule an appointment I had no idea what to say, I was speechless. This may come as a surprise to those that know me. Thankfully I have received guidance and support from individuals with knowledge and experience.

 

 

Attending a Meeting at City Hall

I attended a meeting chaired by our new city Mayor, Keith James. The Mayor met with a group of neighborhood representatives and regular citizens to discuss current and future community plans. Commissioners, also elected officials, were present. I had not participated in anything like it before, and sat in awe as democracy took place right in front of me.

Concerned citizens stood and asked for help from elected officials as it related to security in their neighborhoods, code enforcement, speeding, parks and recreation, and much more. The chief of police gave a presentation, citizens and elected officials asked questions.

 

 

Your Vote Matters!

That’s the beauty of the local governmet system, regular citizens have the ability to participate and make their votes count. Every vote matters. If you would like to get involved or are curious about the activities at the local level in your community, reach out to city hall and ask for information. Remember, elected officials work for you, and your vote counts!

 

Share your thoughts in the comments section below. Do you participate in local elections and city hall meetings? I welcome your feedback and thank you for reading,

 

 

 

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  • hhl4vr April 22, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Great advice to all. I 100% agree with what you said about voting – we are so lucky to be in countries that allow us to vote. I have cowers that do not vote but then they complain about our leaders and I tell them that I do not want to hear about it. I inform them that unless they vote -they do not have the right to complain to me about it.

    • Maricela April 22, 2019 at 10:24 pm

      Well said! So many people are cynical about their voting privilege, maybe they would take it more seriously if they were told they couldn’t vote. We need to continue to encourage each other to cast our ballot. Politicians and political parties pay attention to the constituents that show up on Election Day. Thak you for your insight and support.

  • Alice April 26, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    I am so proud of my hubby for taking the time to Vote in our March 2019 WPB city election. YES, every Vote counts. We’re proof (kinda). Because we both participated, our Candidate actually won his City Commission seat, which was a very close race. Ask the new Mayor… there was actually a recount!
    Cheers!

    • Maricela April 26, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      So true, Alice! Every vote matters and sadly, many people freely give away their civic power.