Dear editor,

In America, the inalienable right of every citizen to have a direct say in our electoral process is the quintessential hallmark of freedom and American democracy.  The right to express our opinions and beliefs through the ballot box was a bedrock principle fought for during the American Revolution and it remains a human right that is still not yet realized in many areas of the world. That there are places on Earth, in our modern age of freedom, where people are denied a process to chart their own future’s course, should reinforce to us the power of our citizenship and the central truth of our democracy: government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

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Voting is not merely a paper right, however.  It is a responsibility of action that, in order to have true meaning, must be exercised.  In a time when our communities and the State of New Jersey face unprecedented challenges on many fronts, it is incumbent on every person to make their voice heard on Tuesday, November 8th.

I urge all of my fellow citizens to exercise our civic responsibility and cast your vote on Election Day.

Sincerely,

Senator John A. Girgenti

Hawthorne, NJ