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November 2, 2006

Election Day is next Tuesday. Sad to say some sources predict up to 50% of registered voters may no show up to vote.

Remember that the 2004 Presidential election was decided by a little more than three million people. Some of our last local races were decided by 30 votes, 50 votes-- sometimes only one vote.

Do not make the mistake of thinking 'I'm busy and my vote won't count anyway.'

It counts a great deal, not just to the outcome of the race, but those who sacrificed much, sometimes even their life, to give you the right to vote.

What would your reaction be if you were told on tonights' TV news, or by tomorrow's newspaper: "If you are a woman, or black, or under 21 years of age, do not bother coming to the polls on Tuesday, you will not be allowed to vote!"

I would hope you would be outraged, insulted, driven to march in a groups to the polls in protest, organize bus groups, car pools.

You would make it your goal in life to not be stopped from voting.

Young people, who so want to have their voices heard, and to be taken seriously, are notorious for missing this most important chance to make a real difference.

According to the U.S. Census data, Unmarried women, called "Women on their own", make up the largest bloc of non-voters in the nation.

The 15th amendment passed in 1869, gave the right to vote to black men but not women. However it was not until the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, that black voting rights were fully addressed.

The Women's suffrage movement took 70 years until the 19th amendment was passed in 1920, giving women the right to vote.

I can not begin to explain the many issues you should be voting on, to protect your personal rights.

Remember that, with every right, comes responsibility. Not voting shows disrespect for those who worked so hard to give you this right, and disrespect to those fighting and dying around the world today, to protect your rights.

A lot of bean counters in Atlanta, and in Washington, have half of you, already listed as a no-show in this election. Please help us prove them wrong, and turn out to vote in next Tuesday's election.

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