Halloween is officially over, so now it’s time to turn our focus to something much more important: the 2016 election. No matter which Party you identify with this November, it is imperative that you exercise your right as an American citizen to go out and vote. Unfortunately, if you have not registered to vote, it’s too late for you to register in Massachusetts for this election (the deadline was October 19th). If you are registered to vote, good for you! In the state of Massachusetts, you can vote early until November 4th. Election Day is on Tuesday, November 8th, so whether you decide to vote early or wait until Election Day, the only thing that really matters is that you show up and let your voice be heard!
Voting is a privilege that is often taken for granted in the U.S. Out of the 192 countries in the world, 123 are democracies, just 64%. And not all of these 123 counties have what is referred to as “free and fair elections”. According to the editor of The Economic Intelligence Unit, Laza Kekic, “In 2012, global democracy was at a standstill in the sense that there was neither significant progress nor regression in levels of democracy worldwide.” Over half of the world lives in a democracy of some kind, but only 15% of all people live in a full democracy and nearly one third of the world lives under an authoritarian leader. So this week, take some time to appreciate that you get a chance to express your opinion and go vote! Click here to find a voting location near you.
The nearest polling station to us here at Sconset Landing is located at 550 Hanover Street, Hanover, MA 02339 at the Hanover Assessors Office. See below for the early voting hours (closed on Sundays):
Monday: 8AM – 4PM
Tuesday: 8AM – 4PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 8PM
Thursday: 8AM – 4PM
Friday: 8AM – 12PM
Saturday: 9AM – 1PM