National Geographic : 1924 Nov
M Vote! AT the November election, you will vote. You can't avoid it. You will go to the polls and declare your honest opinion on the political issues involved, or you will stay away from the polls and cast a silent vote against continuance of a democratic form of government. The obligation to vote was laid on you by the men whose bleeding feet made red the snows of Valley Forge. Many of them gave their lives to win freedom; can you refuse just one day to preserve it? Is it worth so little to you to live under the Stars and Stripes, to be secure in your home and business, to worship God in your own way, to have full share in governing the land? From the time of King John down, too many men have lightly neglected the vote as if it were merely -\ a right or a privilege. In the main it is neither. / The vote is a duty of citizenship in a democracy, ir and unless all of us recognize that duty, and faith- #t ) fully perform it, we subject ourselves to the dan- '| ger of control by a selfish and self-seeking few. This should be the year of the biggest vote the fK United States has ever seen. Help to make it so. A From 1888 to 1912, the vote for President of and family, their vote should equal the vote ' ' the United States increased at the rate of of the men and the total should exceed 50,- Ii '' l about 600,000 ballots every four years. In 1916 000,000. ' + it reached 18,528,743 votes, an increase of The task before the peole of the United 3,497,574 i four years. States-men and women-is to make democ- i' i"t In 1920, with women voting in many States, racy secure and to keep it secure. That will ,' the total vote was 26,705,346; but large as that take all our strength, will tax our intelligence *"'',r;:1 figure was, it was disappointing, since the men to the utmost, and call for our keenest vigil who might have voted numbered 27,661,880, ance. Voting is our privilege, our obligation- -, : and the women numbered 26,759,952-a total perhaps even our burden. But it is also our nPi ''. I of 54,421,832. most effective weapon. Short of serious illness, ' [r i ,,, This is the first national election in which no excuse for failing to vote can pass muster. (" ;' complete universal suffrage will be effective Whether Election Day brings heat or cold, rain ;' ",' in the United States. If the fidelity of women or shine, calm or blizzard, get to the polls and ,. ;; to civic duty equals their devotion to home votel HALEY FISKE, President. , 't, Published by. . '; METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Biggest in the World,MoreAssets, More Policyholders,More Insurance inforce, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."