Rights and ResponsibilityPosted 10/15/2004
By Geralynn Kottschade, AAM, Chairman
It's that time again: the time when we look at the percentage of our population who abstain from the polls and wonder about the fate of our democracy. Is it our right, our highest privilege, to choose those who govern us, or is it our responsibility as a self-governing people to elect those who will best represent our interests? Sometimes the answer is not one or the other, and I believe this is one of those cases.
As business owners, we have a special stake in this process. Many of the laws and regulations crafted by our representatives directly affect our livelihood. It is therefore paramount that we make an informed decision about our vote on Nov. 2 and not just cast the die and hope for the best. That means time and thought spent on our decision.
For those of us attending NACE or CARS in Las Vegas this year, voting may also require some pre-planning. You may need to consider making arrangements for early or absentee voting. To assist you in this process, be sure to visit our new legislative Web site - www.TakingTheHill.com. This site is packed with election information and can simplify this process for you. Click on "2004 Elections" in the left menu and enter your ZIP code under "My Races." Scroll down to the "Voter Information" area where you'll find links to information about voter registration, absentee voting and even polling locations. You may also find information about the elections in your area.
As ASA members, local, state and national elections are not our only opportunity to cast ballots this year that will affect our future. In this issue, on pages 42-44, you will find election information for the ASA board of directors, including a slate of candidates. There are two general director positions open for next year, and currently two candidates running for each position. Please take some time to read their statements. As in all of life, communication is vital for the best outcome. Contact the candidates and talk to them directly. Get to know them and their views, their goals and their plans to achieve those goals. Your vote in this election is truly important and will help determine the direction of your association.
Time is running out to make your decision about the election in November. However, the time has just begun for making your decision about the ASA board of directors. The candidates' first remarks are in this issue. The official ballot will be included in the January and February issues of AutoInc. Voting opens Jan. 3 and closes Feb. 28, 2005. The new board will assume office at the close of the ASA annual business meeting in the spring.
It is both your right and your responsibility to make these decisions. Choose well.
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