Your vote is your voice

If you normally do not vote, what would challenge you to go to the polls? Would it be a particular candidate whom you agree with? Maybe the upcoming elections are predicted to be a close race, or there is a hot-button issue that you are passionate about.

Dig deep. Think about what galvanizes you. Realize how crucially important it is to voice your opinion. We all have the need to make our voices heard. I can't think of a better time than now to do exactly that. What better way to express your opinion than to vote? Whether you are a hardcore Republican, tea-party supporter or the most left-leaning, tree-hugging, dirt-worshipper in Asheville (although I think most of us are somewhere in the middle) it is time to get out, stand up and make a statement. Tell everyone from City Council to the White House that you are paying attention.

Educate yourself. If you are unsure who to vote for, check out educational sites like votesmart.org. Talk about it with your friends. Ask them if they plan on voting.

However you decide to vote, keep something very important in mind: please do not get your news from only one source and do not let these news sources tell you what/how to think. You have a brain. Use it.

Remember the date: Nov 8. Your vote is your voice. It is up to everyday people like you and me to create political and social change.

— Carrie Allen
Weaverville

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