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Do you know why we vote on a Tuesday in November? Because of a law passed in 1845 meant to make voting convenient for Americans traveling by horse and buggy. When Congress set out to pick a day for Americans to vote, ultimately settling on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, voting could take two days: a day to get to the county seat to vote and a day to get back for market day on Wednesday. They couldn't travel on the Christian sabbath, so by process of elimination, Tuesday, the first convenient day of the week, was chosen. It was as simple as that.

The importance and ability to vote allows citizens to voice their opinion and choice on a variety of issues. In the American political system, voting allows registered citizens to cast their choice for the political leader that they believe can accurately make the choices that will better the country. However, there are thousands upon thousands of individuals who have the ability to vote, and yet do not. Through voting you have the opportunity to influence the government. I think it's important to think of voting as a hiring decision (being President is an actual job), who has the most experience, who is the stronger candidate? I’m not going to tell you who to vote for but whom ever you do choose make sure you’ve done your research. Know who your candidate, their background and most importantly would you want that person to to handle top secret information? Not only is voting important to determine our next president, take the time to read our bills that are trying to get passed. The propositions have a direct effect on our daily lives. And read the fine print, not just "this prop will help the homeless" because the ones that look the shiniest are the ones that are actually the most detrimental for the taxpayer. In all, voting is a constitutional right and privilege that Americans have. It’s best to make use of that right instead of squandering it and disregarding what our Founders stood for.

See you at the polls!

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