GREEN BAY -- Images from another part of the globe
are a vivid reminder that we should not take for granted our cherished
privilege to vote, according to a
Voters in the Iraqi elections this week sent a strong message that they were willing to risk their lives to participate in an activity they hope will strengthen their country and improve its quality of life, the co-chairmen of Project VOTE said.
“Think of what those voters were up against: threats of terror and the need for armed guards to protect them,” said Project VOTE co-chair Glen Tilot. “It’s hard for us to imagine holding an election under such conditions.”
Project VOTE co-chair Jim Morrison added: “Those voters sent a positive message that we should not soon forget. We can honor them – and strengthen our own country and community – by participating in the electoral process.”
The Project VOTE co-chairs also thanked the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces for their bravery and their role in bringing the opportunity to vote to the Iraqi people.
Project VOTE (Voice of the Electorate) is a
nonpartisan, issue-neutral organization that has been working since 2002 to
increase voter turnout and awareness in
Tilot and Morrison said one striking similarity
between the Iraqi election and the most recent
Project VOTE is reminding
While local elections typically have not had high levels of voter turnout, they are important elections and produce campaigns that are examples of grassroots politics at its finest, Project VOTE said. The group also noted that local elected officials can have a major impact on a community’s overall quality of life.