Magazine article Information Outlook

Participate! Participate by Voting

Magazine article Information Outlook

Participate! Participate by Voting

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I've been looking for a notable quote about voting to start off this column and the most relevant one I located is from my 10-year-old neighbor when he asked, "Why not vote?" I agree, why not vote? The reason why I'm bringing up this topic is that you will receive or have already received your ballots listing the candidates for next year's board.

I was fast approaching 18 years old when the United States was deep into the Vietnam War, drafting many 18-year-olds to various branches of the military. I couldn't understand why an 18-year-old was given so much responsibility but not allowed to vote. I also remember the elation and profound sense of duty I felt when the voting age was changed to 18 and I voted for the first time. I still get that same feeling every time I vote in all types of elections.

Every election is an opportunity to influence and change the direction of an organization and SLA is no different. By choosing to vote, you are part of the selection process for identifying our next batch of leaders.

Don't know anything about the candidates? There are myriad ways to find out more about them. The January issue of Information Outlook has quite a bit of information about each person. Check out the SLA website (www.sla.org) for the candidates' detailed biographies. Read the candidates' responses to the three questions that were posed to each of them. Everyone has spent time thinking about their responses and has written thoughtful statements. (I remember agonizing over my responses, trying to write succinctly and completely about my point of view. …

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