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Through the years everyone has heard, “voting is the duty of all American citizens”, “voting is our most sacred right as Americans”, “make sure your voice is heard by voting”, or some variation along those lines. The importance of voting cannot be overstated. It is what has allowed our “great experiment in democracy” to survive for over 200 years. Over the course of this “American experiment” 2 things have become clear: every vote really does make a difference and elections have consequences.

Be Prepared is the motto of the Boy Scouts of America. This motto should apply to every American. Every day disasters (manmade and natural), accidents, job loss, and any other manner of unexpected events can happen that can seriously jeopardize our families. Spending some time to plan and make preparations beforehand can save a lot of headaches if the unexpected does happen.