To the Editor:
It’s almost the New Year. Most years I don’t bother with resolutions. But reviewing the past year two events demanded that I do something.
Early last year on Jan. 6, people who believed a lie about who won the presidency overran our Capitol. In midsummer, Rep. John Lewis died and left a message calling ordinary people to “redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key.”
So I thought I’d share my resolution. It sounds flippant, but I resolve to vote early and often (to borrow a phrase). We’re Minnesotans and we’re very proud of voting at the highest rate in America. But we also have more chances to vote than many people realize. We can go to party caucus meetings on Feb. 1 to start voting early. We can be sure we vote again in August primaries, and again in November. Does it seem too small an effort to change what we hear is a backsliding democracy? Not if we join all our small efforts together. Won’t you join me for a year of voting?