It may be a long line. It may be a wet line. It may be a cold line. But, we owe it to ourselves, our children and our country to exercise the power given to us by the constitution.
It is about balancing power and controlling those who work for “we the people”.
A monumental war was fought to be able to establish the voting power each of us has.
Native Americans fought for the right and many died for it.
African Americans fought to be given their constitutional right to vote; many of them died for it.
Women marched and battled to be granted the right to this power; many of them were beaten, abused and ostracized for it.
It is your voice in government; your key to unlock the doors of the legislature.
It is a power that political parties still respect and fear will actually be exercised by citizens.
“A share in the sovereignty of the state, which is exercised by the citizens at large,
in voting at elections is one of the most important rights of the subject,
and in a republic ought to stand foremost in the estimation of the law. ”
“Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress.
If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate
ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.”
“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate–look to his character. ”
In Florida, we should both recognize and cherish the right and privilege of voting. We have, more than once, been at the pendulum of politics and have had our votes counted…or not
We consistently have adhered to the principle that the will of the people is the paramount consideration. Our goal today…[is] to reach the result that reflects the will of the voters…. The laws are intended to facilitate and safeguard the right of each voter to express his or her will in the context of our representative democracy. Technical statutory requirements must not be exalted over the substance of this right.
–Florida Supreme Court
And, thank you for your efforts!