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The Blue & Gray Press | July 18, 2019

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Editorial: UMW community urged to get out and vote

By Editorial Board

Too often in our everyday lives do we complain or hear complaints about the world around us, whether it be at a local or national level.

Even more often, we see those very people who criticize do little to nothing toward making a difference in their community.

It is a widely known fact that it is our ‘civic duty’ to participate in local and national elections in order to have our voices heard. Soon, it will be time to fulfill this duty and submit our ballots for the 2014 mid-term elections to see who will represent Virginia in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.

The U.S. Senate candidates are incumbent Mark Warner (D), Ed Gillespie (R) and libertarian Robert Sarvis (I).

Running for the House of Representatives are incumbent Robert Wittman (R), Norman Mosher (D) and independent greens candidate Glenda Parker (I).

The deadline for submitting an absentee ballot by mail already passed, but in-person absentee voting is available until Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. at 601 Caroline St.

The election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 4, and there are various polling places throughout the city of Fredericksburg.

Students registered at UMW can report to the student center on voting day. To get more information on the candidates, check out our candidate summaries on page two. Also on page two is all the information on what voters need to bring to the polls.

To live in a democracy, where we exercise free and fair elections, is not a right, but a privilege.

By not voting, you lose your right to complain about the community surrounding you. Take this chance to make your voice heard.