The state league of women voters received a grant from the national organization to create the “Why Should I Vote” publication, which provides information in English and Spanish on why and how people can vote. President of the League of Women Voters of Collier County, Chris Strayton, says voter turnout is expected to be about 25 percent on September 5th and that’s not good enough, since many races could be decided in the primary.
“And then you have a situation where less than the majority of registered voters about who will be on our school board and who our judges will be as two examples. You know school board – it’s one of the biggest taxing bodies that we have here.”
The Why Should I Vote Brochure is available at Collier libraries and government buildings or online at the league’s website l-w-v- collier county dot org. Early voting is already taking place and the primary election is September 5th.
The Collier County League of Women Voters is out with a new publication to help people who don’t quite know how to vote—to get to the polls this election season. President of the League, Chris Strayton, says voter turnout has notoriously been low and this is an attempt to increase it.
“Democracy depends upon people participating in the process. I think that the 2000 election showed how important an individual vote could be when you had a presidential election determined on the basis of about 500 votes. Democracy requires people to show up and it is not a spectator sport.”
The ‘Why Should I Vote’ brochure contains voter registration requirements, information on the right to a provisional ballot, absentee ballots and how to get more information on candidates.
It’s available on line at website l-w-v- collier county dot org and at Collier County libraries and government buildings.
Thursday, 24 August 2006 01:00
Why Should I Vote?Written by WGCU Newsroom