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A self-inflicted threat

A self-inflicted threat


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In such polarized times, it's hard to find much that brings agreement. But something President Barack Obama said the other day should.

While calling on Congress to revise and strengthen the Voting Rights Act, the president noted that one of the biggest threats to democracy is self-inflicted.

"The fact of the matter is that far more people disenfranchise themselves than any law does by not participating, by not getting involved," Obama said. "Huge chunks of us citizens give away our power" by not voting.

Indeed, general election voter turnout for the 2014 midterms was only 36.6 percent nationwide, the lowest in a national election cycle since World War II, according to the United States Election Project.

In its own way, apathy is a vote — a vote for the status quo, for allowing others to make key decisions, for abandoning our most important right.

Sept. 22 is national voter registration day, an effort to get everyone who's eligible registered. Don't like the way things are going? It won't get better if you don't register — and vote.

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