Find your voice — register to vote

Wednesday , March 07, 2018 - 6:00 AM1 comment

On Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, a gunman entered a high school and opened fire, killing 17 students. Like many shootings before this, it led to a heated debate about what, if anything, should be done to prevent similar tragedies.

Well-intentioned ideas sprung up from all sides, some more viable than others, and all of them requiring some sort of action, often from the U.S. government. But whatever we decide, it cannot be accomplished without the will of the people.

The first step to gaining your own power in these confusing (and sometimes scary) times is to register to vote. This is how you gain a voice in the conversation.

Registering to vote will help you gain power over how you are represented by your government, help you become a more informed citizen, and, possibly most powerful and exciting of all, will allow you to choose your government.

As a registered voter, your voice and your vote can make a difference. Only by registering will you be able to vote, add a valid signature to a petition, or contact your representatives with any success.

Voting is how a democratic nation hires and fires its leaders. Unfortunately, we sometimes discover that our nation’s leaders are not acting in accordance with the democratic motto of “by the people, for the people.” We find that we are not being accurately represented, not being listened to, or not being considered in the decisions made by our representatives. As we learn about these outrages, we have the opportunity as voting citizens to remove our lawmakers from power.

Voting is a great privilege, given to every eligible citizen of this nation. But this privilege is available only to those who register. If we do not register to vote, and if we do not then use the opportunity to vote, then we have mistakenly assumed we are entitled to representation we have not earned.

It’s easy to register. And it’s the best “first step” you’ll ever take, for you and for your country.

Find more information about how to vote in Weber County at

Becca Schull

Weber State University

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