August 18, 2020 | By: Sonya Brown | Albion, MI |(AMN) – Even if you do not follow politics, I’m sure you’ve heard that the election on November 3, 2020 may be one of the most important ones in recent years. Many are focused and adamantly supporting their candidates of choice, while others are slightly more unengaged and planning to sit at home on election day. Let me first say, I understand the feelings of underrepresentation, invisibility, and being unheard. I have personally struggled with understanding the importance of voting and felt that my vote would have no impact in an election. Thankfully, I now realize the importance of voting in elections and I understand my vote does count.
During recent Albion’s Call for Unity meetings, we identified seven key focus areas that have been a barrier to unity within our community: economic development, education, health and wellness, childcare, transportation, housing, and public relationships. During our discussions around these focus areas, these things are clear: policy changes need to occur, and those in positions to influence fair and equitable allocation of available funds need to do so. These responsibilities fall on YOUR elected officials, as they are your representatives.
On November 3 and every election thereafter, we need to carefully consider our representatives on the Marshall Public School Board, our state representatives, and our county & city officials. Choosing these elected officials wisely is the only way to begin to address the issues we identify with urgency, as most policy decisions that affect our daily lives occur state-level down to city-level. Yes, LOCAL elections are extremely important.
The presidential race, of course, is of HIGH importance. Look at the state of our country under its current leadership. These are crucial times. We are in crisis and cannot afford to be disengaged and inactive.
Policy decisions of today will affect generations to follow. Voting is a way to state your position on issues that are most important to you. Voting gives you a voice and seat at the decision-making table. Voting is your right. Let’s not task our future generations with fighting to change harmful policies we allow today. Voting will help to ensure we set a better path for our legacy. Vote.
If you have questions, please contact your local clerk for information on registering to vote, absentee voting, and polling locations.
By: Sonya K. Brown.