Voter registration cards and informational pamphlets are key elements of every Election Day in the United States.
The right to vote—the responsibility to vote—can be somewhat intangible. There is the act of voting, of course, but the right to vote takes its physical form in the very simple way of a voter registration card.
At surface level, a voter registration card, printed on durable, 100-pound tag stock that’s perfect for handling and mailing, holds the most basic of information, a name and an address, but upon deeper inspection, these voter registration cards hold so much more.
On a large scale, each voter registration card holds a history. A history of building a democracy. A history of disregarded Americans fighting for and gaining the right to have their voices heard. A history of the American people taking part in the very important process of electing their government and shaping the laws that guide the country.
On a more personal level, every voter registration card holds a precious right, a chance to express support or opposition, and an obligation to take part in a process that includes and values, rather than excludes, the masses.
Every Election Day—whether it’s a presidential election or a local millage—is an opportunity to exercise a core right, perhaps a core responsibility, of being an American citizen. And every Election Day, every vote counts.
As the complexity of the issues increases and the un-vetted discourse grows louder, the dissemination of clear, straightforward information is an essential part of making the most of these Election Day opportunities.
Candidate statements, local ballot measures with proponent and opponent arguments, and other key information contained in voter information pamphlets, typically seen on a high-quality form bond, can help voters cut through the static and see to the heart of what’s on the ballot.
As Franklin D. Roosevelt once said: “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”