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EDITORIAL NOTE: This blog was originally published on the Huffington Post.
Two hundred twenty-six years ago on September 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia to sign the U.S. Constitution, the foundation of the American political system and a model for democracies around the world. I believe that there’s no better way to mark this important American milestone, known as Constitution Day, than by making sure each and every one of us, our friends, and our families are actively participating in the democratic process.
In framing the U.S. Constitution, the Founding Fathers underscored the importance of America’s voting system, which they believed to be critical to a strong democracy. Thomas Jefferson later wrote, “Should things go wrong at any time, the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights."
Today, we still have work to do to help realize Jefferson’s vision and make the most out of our nation’s voting system. While close to 75 percent of Americans who are registered to vote make it to the polls during major election years, nearly 1 in 4 eligible Americans is still not registered to vote. By staying home on Election Day, these voters are missing the opportunity to take part in building stronger communities and to have a say in the issues that matter most to them.
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