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Karin’s Voting Story

I have encouraged my daughter to vote and went with her on her 18th birthday to get her drivers license and to register to vote right at the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. I am proud of her for taking an interest and for voting.

I have voted only once in my life and that was in 1976 or 77, before I left Denmark. I cannot vote in this country because I am not a U.S. citizen. On the one hand I wish I could vote in local matters because those things are close to my daily life, but on the other hand I think it is important to be a citizen of a country in order to vote. Denmark apparently allows immigrants to vote in local elections even if they are not citizens. I don’t agree with that. I should not have the right to vote if I can’t commit to being a citizen of the country.

I am however able to vote at my church since I am a member there, and also at the Hunger Mountain Co-op. I have been a member there for almost a year now. I get pretty excited whenever I have a say in something at either place and can put my hand up in meetings and see that my voice counts. I also put in my two-cents worth when it comes to voicing opinions on e-petitions etc. where I am not required to be a registered voter. I am pleased that I will be able to help people register to vote since voting is a fundamental part, be it right or responsibility, of a democracy.

Karin Nissen
Montpelier, Vermont