|As American citizens, most of us have grown up in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.We often take for granted the many liberties we enjoy and the fact that these freedoms are due in no small part, to our uniformed men and women. Some served in the Military many years ago. Some are serving today. Some paid the ultimate sacrifice, but all deserve to be honored and remembered.
Unfortunately, the right to vote is often not exercised by the younger voters in our country. Numbers show that in the most recent Presidential Election (2012), less than 43% of voters between the ages of 18 and 25 actually voted. Compare that with the almost 84% of voters ages 66 and up who voted and it is easy to see why our Charlotte County Voter Outreach department makes talking to high school seniors about voting a priority.
In order to inspire our young voters and honor our veterans, the Supervisor of Elections office has launched the Vote in Honor of a Veteran Program.
This is how it works. Bios with photos from local Veterans are presented as part of our voter registration drive to high school seniors. All seniors who would like to participate in the program get to choose a veteran bio which comes with a military-style dog tag embossed with the veteran’s name, rank and branch of service. Each participating Senior signs a card pledging to cast their first vote in honor of their selected veteran.
Local author, Don Moore, writes an article about a local veteran each week for the local Charlotte Sun newspaper. His web site, www.donmooreswartales.com, is host to all of Don’s past veteran articles and is the primary source of our veteran bios, but we welcome any veteran to participate in the program.
If you have served or are currently serving in the military, we encourage you to click on the link above “Submit a Veteran Bio” and complete a very short information form. Mail it back to our office with a photo of yourself, preferably in uniform. Be sure to include your current address so that we can return the photo or you can drop it by our office.