Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of the Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature….If the next centennial does not find us a great nation…it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.
It was true in 1877 when Republican President James A. Garfield wrote it. and it remains true today, so aid in controlling the political forces and vote!
The dates you should all be aware of:
October 12 - Last day to REGISTER to vote in this general election. If you have a young adult in your household who recently turned 18 and might not be registered to vote or a spouse who might not be registered to vote or maybe you just have a new neighbor who might not have remembered to registered, there is no better time than now to get them registered. Monmouth County/Long Branch residents can down the form, postage pre-paid, here. Anyone else can find the form they need here.
October 26 - Last day to apply for a mail-in ballot. The poster is here. Don't make excuses - If you might be at work, don't want to be two minutes late to the gym, need to drop off or pickup the kids at school, walk the dog or have any other possible excuse to not go vote, in person, yourself - then you can AND SHOULD vote by mail, and by law anyone and everyone CAN vote by mail. To vote by mail - print and complete this form and mail it to the county clerk, sorry postage is not pre-paid on this one but if you can't afford the stamp and want to drop the application off at my house, call me or email me and I'll be happy to deliver it to the Monmouth County Clerk for you. If you don't live in Monmouth County, sorry you'll have to find someone else to cover your stamp, I'd suggest calling your own local committeeman, but since I'm sure everyone can handle the stamp, the address to mail the form is on the last page of the pdf.
November 2 - Election day. If you didn't vote by mail, get out and vote. If you aren't sure where to go vote, the county clerk can help you. Again, if you live in my district, District 10 in Long Branch, and need a ride to the polling location, call me and I'll pick you up and take you there.
PS - For those who might not be aware, there is a statue of Republican President James Garfield here in Long Branch between the Ocean Place Hotel and the beach. President Garfield was one of 6 Republican Presidents to have visited this great Republican city and he died here in Long Branch, September 19, 1881 from wounds related to an assassination attempt - the seventh (thus Seven Presidents Ocean Front Park), and last President to visit Long Branch, was a Democrat, Woodrow Wilson, who by the way enacted the first federal progressive income tax, just sayin'.