To The Sun:

Labette County Citizens: This is to all first-time voters, thoughtful voters, unaffiliated voters, moderate voters Democrat and Republican, informed common sense voters, voters feeling disenfranchised, invisible voters and non-voters, all who hold democracy high as a way of life in this United States of America. 

This mid-term election, Nov. 6, is one of the most vital and relevant to the future of Kansas and the federal government. For surviving chaos, Kansas voters have an obligation to bring forward-looking change to our democracy. This is where “all politics start local” and “every voter has his/her vote counted” because “we the people” have a voice and a vote.

Kansans have an opportunity to make a difference in the U.S. House of Representative race in the 2nd District and in the governor’s race as well as decision makers/leaders for state positions.

Are you registered to vote? If not, you still have time. A form can be picked up at the Parsons city office or the Labette County Clerk’s Office in the courthouse in Oswego, or go online ( and select from the list: registration form, advance ballot application, etc. 

Print out the application, fill it out and send to the county in which you reside (address is on the back of the form). Registration books close Oct. 16. Persons 18 years of age on or before Nov. 6 should act now. If you have moved, changed your name, or wish to change parties you will need to re-register. You must be registered to get an advance ballot or cast your ballot early at the county courthouse.

As a people, let us live up to the values of America’s democracy and vote. Every vote counts as we have seen in recent elections. This mid-term election, Nov. 6, may be the most important vote of your life. — HELEN C. JONES, Parsons

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