Election Day: Take Pride In The Process

Every November, Election Day gives us the opportunity to make our voices heard - an opportunity we should never take for granted. Further, it is an honor that American veterans have guaranteed through their sacrifices at home and abroad. It must not be wasted. Our Founding Fathers intended for us to be able to participate in government, and the first Tuesday in November is the most important part of that process.
I can personally attest to the importance of every vote. In my first election for the New York State Assembly, a mere 10 votes ultimately determined the outcome. It was a close race, but because of those 10 votes, I have had the distinct privilege of serving the Finger Lakes Region. The act of voting is the embodiment of civic duty and one that should never be taken for granted.
As an American citizen, your vote is your voice. Our U.S. Constitution begins with three important words – “We the People.” We the people, the citizens, the voters, are the ones responsible for making sure that our government is doing the best job it can for us. If government needs fixing, making necessary changes starts with a vote. 
In today’s world it is not always easy for our youth to keep up with current events. Between school, extra-curricular and social activities, staying informed sometimes falls by the wayside. It is imperative to teach young people why they should become registered voters and how to do so. As adults, we must show our youth that our votes count. Taking your family to the polls with you on Election Day is a great way for them to learn and participate in our democracy, and it can help instill a sense of civic responsibility.
Not only is it important to cast our votes, but it is vital that we recognize the significance of our actions at the polls. Right now New Yorkers are dealing with a number of issues that need our attention and support. From education, to job creation and economic development, to providing safe, secure communities – your vote helps establish the direction in which the Finger Lakes Region and New York State are headed.
President Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”
It is my sincere hope that all New Yorkers take the opportunity to participate in the democratic process this year and continue to make New York stronger. We have been granted this chance to be heard and it is our responsibility to do so on Election Day.

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