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Voice of Experience: October 2023 | Voting & Elections

Exercising Your Right to Vote

Michael L Goldblatt

Exercising Your Right to Vote Productions

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Thirty years ago, Kevin Kline won a Golden Globe for playing a presidential look-alike in a political comedy called "Dave." Klein portrayed an ordinary citizen who secretly substitutes for a President that suffered a stroke. As pseudo-President, Dave makes a difference by advancing programs for the public good. He continues the charade until the Vice President returns from a goodwill tour of Africa and is sworn in as President. The funny and inspiring movie is available for streaming on Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, and YouTube.

The American Bar Association recognized the importance of voting in 2014 when it adopted the Law Day theme of “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.”  Voting enables lawyers to discharge their civic duty and advance causes they support. This article has several voting tips and resources for implementing them.


Encourage Others - rally family and friends to vote.

Influence Outcomes - influence outcomes by voting for candidates that support your causes.

Investigate Candidates - research the voting records of candidates and their truthfulness.

Participate - consider volunteering to help candidates win the election.

Register - confirm your voter registration and calendar for renewal.

Stay Informed - read local and national publications to determine candidate positions.

Vote Early - avoid long lines by voting early or balloting by mail.


In the last presidential election, voting turnout ranged from 48% in the 18-24 age bracket to 72% for voters age 65 and older. Make a difference like Dave - stay informed and exercise your right to vote.


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Daily (Daily Political News, New York Times)

Left, Right & Center (Weekly Review of Political Issues, KCRW)

Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie (Weekly Review of Political Trends, Ken Rudin)

The NPR Politics Podcast (Daily Review of Political News, NPR)

Stay Tuned with Preet (Weekly Insight into Political News, Café)


American Bar Association (Poll Locator)

Ballotpedia (Politician Data)

OpenSecrets (Fundraising History)

Politics that Work (Voting Records)