Voting is something you must do! It is not a choice. It is a responsibility.
With the development of popular government comes the duty of citizens to participate in their own government for the sake of the common good. Not to do so is to abandon the political process to those who do not have the common good in mind.
If you do not vote this inevitably leads to unjust laws and an unjust society. These may come about anyway, but they should not come about through the negligence of its people to voice out loud their thoughts.
The citizens in any state have the duty of supporting their government by obeying laws, paying taxes, and contributing to the common good, but citizens in a republican state have the additional duty of participating in the government itself, that is, by assuming public office or at least by using the electoral franchise. Sad to say, however, many citizens, have been remiss in their obligation of voting.
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Even people otherwise good, fail to exercise their right when duty demands it. They are negligent and careless when they should be interested and active. It is your right and duty to draw the attention of the faithful to the extraordinary importance of the coming elections and to the moral responsibility which follows from it for those who have the right to vote. The person who abstains, particularly through indolence or cowardice, commits a grave sin, a mortal offense and a social injustice.
The specter of apathy and undesirable disinterestedness is rising more and more upon the country’s horizon. Many American citizens are not interested in their role as citizens; they clamour for their rights, but forget their duties; they insist upon what is owed them, but forget what they owe others.
Voting Is The Moral, Just & Socially Conscious Thing To Do! was originally published on elev8.com