The Importance of Voting

In order to appreciate how precious the right to vote is, try to imagine what life would be like without it. Our voices would be silenced. We would have no right to choose our leaders. Democracy would be no more. Sounds scary, doesn’t it?

The right to vote is a key component of U.S. citizenship, and when we exercise it, we each affirm our belief in the importance of democracy. When we vote, we stand up and announce that our voices can and will be heard, that our opinions matter and will be counted. In the exercise of this remarkable right, each U.S. citizen also bears a serious responsibility. As Americans, we owe a debt of gratitude to the many patriots who have come before us, many of whom have risked their lives to preserve our freedoms and the blessings of democratic government. Every time we vote, we carry on a long, hard-fought tradition in America — and, with our vote, we each pay tribute to the many who have sacrificed, many with their lives, to preserve that tradition for us all.

As a Jew, I recognize that the importance of voting takes on heightened significance in light of Jewish history, where the rights of full citizenship have too often been denied to Jews. I am deeply grateful for the right that Jews have to vote here in America and to become involved fully in civic life.

I encourage everyone to get out and vote this coming Election Day.

Thank you for reading and have a great day!

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