“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual–or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country. ” – Samuel Adams
By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone
The primary election is over and I want to extend my sincerest congratulations to all the candidates that won. Now as you prepare for November, I look forward to seeing positive campaigning over the next couple of months – let’s keep the focus on the issues concerning our constituents.
Voter turnout in Monmouth County was 2.9%, based on the number of eligible voters in the county. We need to improve this number! Your vote is your voice as an American citizen – you need to show up at the polls to have that voice heard. If you are unhappy with how things are being run in your municipality, our county and throughout the state of New Jersey, it is your duty to make a difference by voting. Our right to vote in the United States is a privilege that was granted to us hundreds of years ago by the founders of our great country. If we do not exercise our civic duty to vote, then we fail to create a government that epitomizes the voice of the people, and therefore we will not have representatives that reflect our opinions. So each vote is important, each vote counts.
We’ve seen what the power of the vote can do in this country and throughout the world. Look how many people returned to Ireland last month to have their voice heard on the issue of marriage. Regardless of your personal opinion on the matter, whether you are for or against it, it was truly amazing to see the numbers of citizens that returned home to vote. The vote had to be cast in person by most, so thousands returned by plane, train and boat. More specifically, polls indicate that 60.4% of the 3.3 million eligible voters turned out to cast their vote. The power of the people is awesome and I encourage you to harness that power, and over the next few months to get to know your candidates, attend meetings and ask the questions that are important to you. Then in November, exercise your right and privilege as an American citizen, use your voice and vote.