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Monday, December 7, 2009

RESOLVE THAT YOU WILL VOTE IN 2010

Ours is a participatory democracy that takes some effort to make it work. It is your duty as a citizen to know the rules governing you right to cast a legitimate vote. It is also your duty to become informed on the offices and laws to be voted on in each and every election. Your right to vote was secured by the blood of our ancestors. Convicted felons and foreigners are prevented from voting. The rest of us are obligated to vote to preserve our freedoms.

There are elections scheduled in 2010 in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. These elections include Federal, State, County, and Local Races. Additionally, there are likely ballot resolutions concerning local, county, and state bond issues, state law and constitutional amendments. Oftentimes the ballot issues do more to secure or restrict our liberties than the politicians that are elected to protect our freedom do. Develop the resolve to cast an informed vote in 2010.

Throughout next year I will be writing a series of articles on the upcoming elections. My first effort here is to help get you to register properly. If you have changed your name, moved or have not voted in years, you should re-register. Most localities allow you to vote using your old address for one year. But you have plenty of time to register at your current address. Brother Bill Dukin can send you applications for D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. We will also try to maintain some applications for West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Make the phone call, update your current address at the Hall and ask that we send you a voter registration form.

Listed below is the information needed to check on your current voter registration status and your proper polling place. Take this first step, check on your registration status and re-register if necessary. All of the Internet sites listed allow you to check your registration status and to download a voter registration form.

District of Columbia: Contact the District of Columbia Board of Elections & Ethics by way of the Internet at http://www.dcboee.org/ or by phone at 202-727-2525 (toll free at 1-866-DC VOTES).

Maryland: Contact the Maryland State Board of Elections by way of the Internet at http://www.elections.state.md.us/ or by phone at 410-269-2840 (toll free at 800-222-8683).

Virginia: Contact the Virginia State Board of Elections by way of the Internet at http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/ or by phone at 804-864-8901 (toll free at 800-552-9745).

West Virginia: Contact the Secretary of States offices by way of the Internet at http://www.sos.wv.gov/ or by phone at (304) 558-6000.

Pennsylvania: Contact the Pennsylvania Department of State by way of the Internet at http://www.votespa.com/portal/server.pt/community/home/13514 or by phone at 1-877-VOTESPA

There is also a National Mail Voter Registration Form available that will allow you to register in any state. It can be obtained by way of the Internet at http://www.fec.gov/votregis/vr.shtml. For further information on this option please contact the Federal Election Commission at (800) 424-9530.