A Federally Qualified Health Center in Asheville, NC
Minnie Jones Health Center, 257 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28801 (828) 285-0622
WNCCHS Mailing Address, PO Box 338, Asheville, North Carolina 28802 (828) 285-0622
Why should I vote? by Jeff Grundy
Why Should I Vote In The 2012 Presidential Election?
Why should I vote? What difference will it make? What is the point? These are questions that I hear all the time, especially in amongst younger members of our community. It is easy to see where they are coming from one vote in a sea of many may well not seem terribly important. But every vote counts. A democracy only works when everyone who is eligible to vote does. By voting we are expressing our views and opinions. We are stating what we think should happen in our future. Unfortunately politics tend to scare many people. The word alone is doused with negative connotations especially to those of us from a working class background. Yet it is us the everyday people of this country that need to vote! For those who think there is little point in voting, I ask them what they are passionate about. Perhaps it is their car, shopping, their education or a community centre that they take their child to. All of these factors are related to voting! Who we vote for will affect taxes, laws and the education reform.
Who we vote for will look to see where money can be saved (a common thing for any politician) and if you are passionate about your community centre, then ensuring that your vote is going towards protecting it is vital. We are blessed to be living in a society that encourages freedom of speech and allows us to vote for who we think will do a good job to run our country. Dismissing your right to vote is mocking all the effort and fights that people all over the world for centuries have had to face to finally establish a working and successful democracy. Politics can be complicated, but it really need not be. If you look to your basic beliefs and how you run your life, you can find a political team that will represent some, if not all, of your core beliefs. We all complain from time to time about the state of the country that we live in but what right do we have to say anything about our country if you do not take the time to vote? Voting itself is simple. You get to vote for whom ever you deem worthy and you can do this is secret. You never have to divulge who you voted for or why if you do not want to but what you do need to do is cast that vote. Democracy can only continue to work so long as the people continue to participate!
You may register to vote, make changes to your registration information
or obtain a mail-in registration form at the following locations in
35 Woodfin Street, Asheville
You may also obtain election services from:
Public High Schools
or, when receiving services at a Drivers License Bureau, Public Assistance Agency, or Agency Serving Persons with Disabilities