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Letter to the Editor: Attend caucus meetings and vote

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By John Watkins


The Carbon County Democratic Party is holding its Neighborhood Precinct Caucus meetings on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at various locations throughout the county. Democrats can identify the location of their precinct caucus by viewing the party's web-site, and clicking on Precinct Caucus or by contacting the County Clerk's office.

For any person who is uncertain as to when or if he or she is registered to vote, they are encouraged to visit the County Clerk's office in the courthouse and, if necessary, re-register and mark an affiliation.

Precinct caucus meetings provide an opportunity for democrats in the county to help choose who will represent them as leaders for the party.

Additionally, those elected as County Delegates will meet on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Carbon County Fairgrounds Event Center to choose which candidates will appear on the ballot for the primary races in June. Democrats elected as State Delegates vote on candidates for state-wide positions such as members of the state legislature when they meet at the State Democratic Convention on April 25-26 in Salt Lake City.

Voting in the primary races in June and in the general election in November is a right guaranteed by the 15th and 19th Amendment of the Constitution of this great country. Although one is not required to vote, one cannot be refused his or her right to vote, except as provided in law. However, to meet our needs as a democratic society, government and citizens must work together.

Responsible citizenship means voting, obeying the laws, defending the nation, serving on a jury, serving the community, and being informed. Thomas Jefferson observed, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free . . . it expects what never was and never will be."

Participate in your neighborhood precinct caucus; become a candidate for a position in the Party, and support those positions and ideals which you believe are in the best interest of Carbon County, the State of Utah, and the Nation. Be an informed voter; be a participant.

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