Letter: It’s your duty to vote

To the editor,
The primary elections in the state of Rhode Island will be held on September 11, 2012 and because of the nature of Rhode Island politics, it may be the only opportunity that residents of East Providence have to cast their vote for the candidate of their choice.  In far too many races there is no Republican or independent challenger so, in essence, the primary is the election.  Even where there is a challenger, the odds of an independent candidate winning a general election contest in a two way race, in a presidential election year, in the bluest of blue states, are extremely low.  For better or worse, the primary winners will be the ones most likely to represent you come next January.
I would encourage all East Providence residents, both Democratic and unaffiliated voters, (it is too late for Republicans to disaffiliate) to be sure to study the issues, learn about the candidates, and cast their ballots on September 11.  This may be the only opportunity you have to have your voice heard in this election cycle.  There are a number of competitive primary races within the city and it is your responsibility to make your vote count or the candidate you are pulling for, or assume will win, may not make it to the November general election.
Past generations of Americans and millions around the globe have sacrificed a great deal in order to gain and protect voting rights.  With that in mind, it would be a shame to let the primary election slip by without your participation.
Maureen P. Conroy


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