The Importance of Voting
Local government affects your daily life. By Amal Solh Kabbani.
I would like to urge you to please vote in the upcoming elections, August 18.
Why are local elections crucial? Local government is directly responsible for serving Downtown Miami. Local government affects almost every aspect of your daily life.
Not exercising the right to vote is the worst you can do. Not voting is a perfect excuse for officials to neglect a community. They can and do say: “This community lacks an electorate base,” which justifies inaction, or worse, actions that hurt the community. Not voting makes you inconsequential!
But if you turn your ballot, your voice will be counted in, and the response-rate ratio will be a slap in the face of any candidate who failed to earn your vote. A lesson for the next cycle.
That is how our democratic system is set up. We, the electorate, grant officials their power, and as John Locke taught us, we can take back that power. Elections play that role.
In sum, all problems have solutions but for solutions to materialize you need to cast your ballots this upcoming August 18. Silently internalizing frustrations or just complaining won’t do it. I insist, please vote!
Downtown Miami has thousands of registered voters. We can decide an election!
Amal Solh Kabbani, President, Downtown Neighbors Alliance (DNA)
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