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Voter turnout must improve for the next election
By Fredereick R. Bedell Jr.

In the past election it was stated that only 23 percent of voters showed up to vote. That, in my opinion, is a sad state of affairs.

I myself got up an hour early to vote in Glen Oaks Village to vote and then go to work. I’m 68 years old and I am aware how important it is to vote. There are issues out there that affect all of us, like the education of our children, taxes, crime, and the high cost of housing. Not to mention the need for better protection for our seniors who have been victims of crime. The list goes on.

I feel it is our civic duty to show up and vote and if we don’t, then we cannot complain. Added to that, we live in a free country and with that comes a responsibility to be involved in what goes on in our community and that means voting on the issues that have an impact on all of us.

If the wrong person gets elected that is because many of us didn’t take the time to get out and vote.

In past generations there were many concerned citizens who did come out and did vote because they believed it was important. Our freedoms are what has made America great, so for the next election step up to the plate and vote or we might lose what many of us hold most dear.

Frederick R. Bedell Jr.

Glen Oaks Village

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