Recently the approval rating of Congress has dropped to a staggering 9 percent. Many Americans are outraged with their senators or representatives, yet, come election time, most incumbents win with over 60 percent of the vote.

The fact is that very few of the "complainers" are actually voting. Since the start of vote-by-mail here in Oregon, voting is made to be so simple. In fact, Oregonians can register to vote in less than five minutes either online or by mailing in a registration card. Unfortunately, many people don't do that. When I turned 18, the first thing on my mind was to register to vote and it was an honor to take part in the fundamental right we have in this state and this country.

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