Vote

August 28, 2012

What is the most important thing that you can do as an athletic trainer and an American? You can go to the poll and vote for those candidates that support your vision for our country. These leaders will have influence over legislation that can affect your life and profession. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could visit the elected official and let them know that you voted for them?

Presidential elections regularly have turnout of just over 50% of those that are of voting age. In 2004 the turnout was 55.3. In 2008 the turnout was 56.8. (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781453.html) Why don’t more Americans come out? It is possibly because of voter apathy. Our own associations even have low response in elections.

The system is intended to represent you and the only way that it can actually represent you is if you are part of making the decision. If you currently vote, thank you. If you do not currently vote, please consider going to the polling station and spending 5 minutes to cast the important ballot for your elected officials. When you are given the privilege, the responsibility, and the power to vote you should.

If you are not registered then you need to be. You generally need to register 30 days in advance and you can find the voter registration link for your state below.

Delaware: https://registertovote.elections.delaware.gov/voterreg/TermsAgreement

New Jersey: http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voting-information.html

New York: http://www.elections.ny.gov/

Pennsylvania: http://www.votespa.com/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1174117&parentname=ObjMgr&parentid=1&mode=2

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