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Voter apathy is shameful

October 13, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Last weekend, I volunteered my time asking citizens of Lee County if their voter registration was up to date. It was an opportunity to register as a new voter and provide a record update (change your name, change your party affiliation, and/or change your address, if you had moved). Volunteers are all over the county making it easy for citizens to comply with voter registration laws so that they are eligible to vote on Nov. 6.

When you reach a certain age in life, you always think you have heard it all, but the excuses I heard on Saturday and Monday were appalling. It saddens me to hear women unwilling to utilize their right to vote on election day. Every woman in this country who is eligible to vote, should pick up a history book and remind themselves of the women who fought and died for their right to vote. The abuse that these women endured so as to give all women a right to vote, needs to be recognized and respected on election day.

It was also disturbing to hear the 18- 23-year-old residents say that they were not registered and had not voted in any elections. Why not? Why are the history teachers in our schools not encouraging their students to register to vote? Why are the professors at our colleges and universities not inquiring whether their students are registered and if they live out of state, did they request an absentee ballot?

I understand the annoyance of candidate phone calls and mailings that registered voters receive. I am no fan of being disturbed in the privacy of my home, especially from the opposing party. I have learned to utilize the mute button on my remote control whenever commercials pertaining to the election appear. I recycle the literature that I receive in the mail while trying to remain green. Although I can relate to the majority of the people who have these same feelings, what I cannot do is agree with them by not voting. So, on Nov. 6, I am asking all women to exercise their right by having their voices heard and VOTE.

Teresa Hopgood

Cape Coral



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