Letter: The Power of Voting

Your vote is an expression of power. If you believe your elected officials are not performing the duties of their offices, it is because we, the voters, tolerate this behavior.

In today’s technological age, it is relatively easy to educate ourselves on the issues and the qualifications of candidates. We are aware that information can be subjective based on its source — such as television networks, newspapers and political parties — which may impair our ability to find the truth. Vote411.org will be available soon to provide information on Putnam candidates.

In addition, to provide voters with more information about the candidates on the Nov. 7 ballot, we will host a Meet the Candidates event at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, at the Mahopac Library.

It’s no surprise that many people feel estranged and alienated from the political process. Educating oneself, so that your vote most clearly reflects your views and beliefs, requires effort. But democracy is an inclusive institution, and the focus is on us.

Eileen Reilly, Putnam Valley
Reilly is president of the League of Women Voters of Putnam County.