Democracy works when you vote

Published by The Miami Herald on August 17, 2016

The Aug. 30 primary is an important election for our community. Why? Because it impacts our daily lives. How?

If you live in Miami-Dade County, then you are concerned about things like public safety and police, fire rescue, transportation and our traffic problem, clean drinking water, our streets and traffic lights, and what is being done to combat the Zika virus, just to name a few. This election affects you as we elect the county mayor.

If you are concerned about what is happening in your Miami-Dade County Commission District, our public schools and the school board, our courts and judges, who makes decisions on how the taxes we pay to Tallahassee come back to us in Miami-Dade County, then this election affects you.

And if you agree with the League of Women Voters that Florida that the Sunshine State should expand tax breaks on renewable energy such as solar systems, then this election affects you because you can vote Yes on Amendment 4.

Early voting has started and continues through Sunday, Aug. 28 at 20 different locations around the county.

For a location convenient to you, go to: http://www.miamidade.gov/elections/vote-early.asp.

To learn more about the League of Women Voters support for a Yes vote on Amendment 4, the Solar ballot initiative, and the candidates’ positions, see the League’s Voter Guide.

Remember that voting is power, your power, and by voting you make our democracy work.

We urge you to go to the polls, early or on Election Day, Aug. 30.

Take your family, your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers, and let your voice be heard.

Susan Windmiller, President

Susan Windmiller, President