Voting. This word is defined as, “An expression of opinion or preference.” This is a concept well known by all Americans. As it should, we consider many issues facing the country are decided by elections. Presidents, judges, mayors, governors, they’re all voted upon by the general population. Those we elect into office have a direct effect on our day to day lives. We elect them to represent and decide on the many issues impacting us as a city, county, state and nation. This fundamental right is given to us as United States citizens. Voting is not only a right but a privilege and a responsibility. It is important that each person who is eligible to vote, votes and have their voice be heard. Even though it may not seem to make a difference, your vote is very important. It is critical to our country’s success, you can make a difference. Many elections are close and every vote counts. This is important for our democracy to make sure that the person you vote for wins and that people have their say in who runs the country and your state. In the United States we vote for people who are going to represent us in government. This could be a wide variety of positions but usually we vote for someone who we think is going to work for issues we find important. People who think like us. This way our opinion and view point is represented in the government. They’ll represent ideas and pass laws that we agree with. Their ideas can help solve the issues that we feel are important and they can pass laws in our cities, states and in our country. Here in Arizona we have elections each year which typically happen in March, May, August or November. Stay informed so you never miss your opportunity to vote. You can help the political process by voting. Every year you can participate in elections and it’s very important. Please come and vote!