Heard on Campus: Pedro Cortes at the Forum

January 18, 2007

"Many people feel that voting is our most fundamental right, because everything follows from it. Everything that we enjoy in terms of our rights and our liberties stems from our ability to elect the people who represent us. For those who think elections are not important -- because my vote will get lost or because elected officials aren't making decisions that are relevant to me -- I say think again. If you are a young person in college, tuition, financial aid, a number of factors are often determined by people in elected office. You will hardly go through a single day that you aren't living with the realities of someone else making a decision for you. In our democracy, the way we let our views and our voice be heard is through the ballot."
-- Pedro A. Cortes, Pennsylvania secretary of the Commonwealth, speaking Wednesday (Jan. 17) on "A Historical Perspective on Voting in Pennsylvania." Cortes, who graduated with a master's degree in public administration from Penn State and a law degree from Penn State Dickinson School of Law, spoke at The Nittany Lion Inn as part of the Penn State Faculty Staff Club Forum. For more information on upcoming speakers in the Penn State Forum lineup, visit http://live.psu.edu/story/18687 online.

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