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I Vote Because...


“I vote because every vote matters to make the difference I want to see.”- Yakima Chapter Leader, Kirei Mei Johnson


“I vote because it’s an opportunity to make my voice heard and to contribute to societal decisions.”- Tacoma Chapter Member, Jamie Thoburn

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“I vote because it is my right and responsibility as an American citizen, and many people aren’t able to vote for many reasons, so it wouldn’t be right to waste such an important privilege.“- Everett Chapter Member, Eden Hottman-Nance


“The people elected are going to represent me along with my community, and I’d like to have a say in that big of a matter.”- Seattle Chapter Leader, Kim Hines

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“I vote because I care about myself and I care about others.”- Yakima Chapter Leader, Jade Tillequots


“I vote because it’s my responsibility and voting is one way of being a good citizen. By voting I am advocating for what I believe in.”- Spokane Chapter Leader, Lovella Fulton







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