November 17, 2012

Letters to the Editor: Nov. 17, 2012



Registering to vote

TO THE EDITOR: I am a grandmother to six youngsters, the oldest of which graduated High School in May.

Since she turned 18, I had been urging her to register to vote. She had to pick up the form from the elections officer in her town, which her mother did for her. She has a driver’s license for I.D. And still the form sat on her desk. She wished she could register online (which you can now do in New York if you have a license).

We speak daily, and I often asked her if she registered to vote and what she thought about different current issues that applied to her daily life, her friends etc. I explained how important it was that she register and have a real vote (not just the blah, blah of conversation) to make her opinions count.

To my great joy, during summer vacation, while they were visiting the North Country, I asked her if she had registered to vote and she said, “Yes.” My daughter and I looked at her, and she was smiling widely. My daughter pumped her for the facts, and sure enough she had.

So, fellow grandparents out there in the reading public, use your powers as an American grandparent worthy of the name and get your grandchildren registered to vote.

When we depart, they will be well equipped to preserve the right to vote we hold so dear. And they will love you for it.



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