On July 2, 1776 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress cast a historic unanimous vote to adopt a resolution declaring our nation’s independence from British rule. On July 4th, 1776 the final wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved and sent to the printer.
Keeping this historic event in mind, if you are attending the 2014 SQL PASS Summit later this year in Seattle, Washington you could be missing out on performing one of your civic duties; one that was made possible with the actions of the Continental Congress in 1776. The right to vote.
All across the United States a general election is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014. Given that the PASS Summit 2014 starts on that day, and if you are like myself and do not live in Seattle, you could potentially miss out on getting your voice heard in this years election. Even if you do live in Seattle, the ability to vote and part take in the all of the Summit’s glory might prove to be difficult.
You do have an option though, and that’s through the use of an absentee ballot. You should be able to contact the Secretary of State department for the state that you reside to find out what the process is.
There are usually deadlines for requesting & submitting an absentee ballot so please make sure that you confirm the dates and mark them on your calendar. I usually set two reminders in my to-do list, 1) when I need to obtain the ballot by and 2) when I need to submit it by.
While I am a huge proponent of the PASS Summit and the SQL Community in general, please do not miss the opportunity to have your voice heard because of it. Using an absentee ballot will give you piece of mind that while attending the first day of the 2014 Summit, your voice will be heard.
Vote. Make a difference.