From the Edmonds Mayor: Your right to vote

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Mayor Dave Earling
Mayor Dave Earling

One of the rights and privileges we have in the United States is our ability to participate by voting on our elected representatives at the state, national and local levels. Generally local elections (county and city) alternate years with state and federal elections.

This year we are holding local elections, choosing our county and city leadership. We should be proud of the fact that generally Edmonds is one of the top two or three cities in the county for voter turnout. Four years ago we were in a dead heat with, as I recall, Index and Woodway… two cities much smaller than Edmonds.

While the right to vote is part of our founding fathers original intention, the history of the right to vote was a very long and arduous journey with the road to success, at best, a very bumpy one.

That journey began with the Constitution establishing voting rights, with each state given the right to decide their own framework. Originally, most states chose to have only free male property owners vote. Along the way there were many milestones – including the women’s right to vote through the women suffrage movement and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Yes, the road has been long and bumpy and, as yet, it is still not complete. Until all of us treasure the right we have to vote, whatever our political leanings, and exercise that right, the journey is not complete. For me the bottom line is not who you vote for, but that you participate in the process. So please, vote in the Nov. 3 election.

Thank you!

— By Dave Earling

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