Dear Editor:

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, is a day in which all citizens should exercise their right and duty to vote. To be a participant in our legislative process and, thereby, have a voice in our government, is a right that should not be taken lightly. Many countries view our country as one of citizens who take their rights for granted.

A review of the 2016 General Election results reports that approximately 17,200 registered voters cast ballots in Pittsburg County. Our total population in Pittsburg County is 45,837 according to the 2010 Census Report. The Oklahoma Election Board reported 25,393 registered voters in our county as of January 15, 2018.

I am proud of my father. He taught each of us the importance of voting and being civic-minded. I have not missed a national or state election since I was first registered to vote at 18 years of age.

Let’s be a voice in our state and federal government by taking time to visit the polling booth and cast your ballot this November 6!

— Jimmy J. Williams, of McAlester