Americans often wonder whether their vote really makes a difference. Whether it has the impact we’d like isn’t as important as fulfilling our duty to participate in the democratic process. If you don’t vote for public officials, you haven’t earned the right to criticize them either.
Having said that, in no other arena will a vote make more impact than at the local level. For one thing, the electorate is smaller so every vote carries more weight. Even more significant, no other level of government affects you more directly than than the local level. Your mayor and city council are responsible for the streets you drive every day, the utilities that feed your home with energy, and the services your family will need in an emergency.
Please cast your vote April 3. —DR