The Free Press, Mankato, MN

November 3, 2012

Your View: Get facts, exercise voting rights

Annette McBeth, Madison Lake, and Diane Mountain, Eagle Lake

— This presidential election provides Americans the opportunity to exercise our freedom to choose between two fundamentally different visions of how to grow the economy, create jobs, and pay down our national debt in order to achieve a vibrant and thriving American economy.

President Obama believes the economy grows from the middle class out — not from the top down. His economic plan does that by investing in education, energy, innovation, infrastructure, and reforming the tax code. Each of these priorities will create jobs and pay down our debt in a balanced way in order to ensure everyone pays their fair share.

Gov. Romney believes that the best way to grow the economy is from the top down — the same approach that benefited a few but crashed the economy beginning in 2007 hurting primarily the middle class and lower income families.

With all of the information/misinformation bombarding us daily, it is important for each of us to individually check the facts before voting. Three credible fact resources can assist you:,,

Secondly, provide a helping hand to those who need transportation or assistance in any way in order for them to cast their vote in their respective precinct.

Thirdly, the Minnesota Secretary State web site is a key resource for voting questions/information. Google Minnesota Secretary of State and open the Elections and Voting tab. This tab includes information on precinct specific sample ballots, the constitutional amendments, voter registration, finding your polling place and checking your voter registration status as well as other information.