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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Will your vote count?

As the midterm elections draw closer, I hope we all reflect on our role in the political process. As a child, I remember my parents discussing the importance of voting. As a student, it was impressed upon me that voting was one of the most important ways to ensure a government that represents its citizens.

Lately it seems that many are disillusioned with our political process. I hear, “my vote doesn't matter,” or “the system is rigged, so why should I bother to vote?” For some Americans these may actually be true because district voting maps in their states have been redrawn to favor the majority party and that alters the impact of their votes. It's critical to understand how partisan redistricting affects our right to fair elections. I encourage everyone to attend “Will Your Vote Count?,” a community forum, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the American Indian Resource Center at BSU. Learn about redistricting, gerrymandering, and how to ensure that all our votes count.

Mary Auger

Bemidji

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