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"GO VOTE!" - OCA's Michael Kelsey Underscores the Importance of Turning Out to the Polls

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 17:21:06 CST

With the polls hours away from opening, Michael Kelsey, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association says he is encouraging his family, the members of OCA, the rural communities of Oklahoma - all eligible Oklahomans for that matter - to go and cast their vote this election day and voice their opinions in support or opposition of the issues and people that will affect their daily lives.


“This is one day out of the year that every eligible voter has the opportunity to be a policymaker,” Kelsey said. “It’s very important for rural Oklahoma and certainly important for all Oklahomans to participate.”


As Kelsey and his staff prepare for their organization’s Fall Gatherings, to discuss with their members the issues most important to them, he asks that everyone, especially those in rural areas, to remember that they can participate, they can engage and weigh in on the decisions that will have an impact on their livelihood. He says the way to do that, is to get out and vote and exercise your civic right and duty.


“How many people in this world would just absolutely relish the opportunity for one day out of the year,” Kelsey said, “to select their leaders, to select those issues that are important to them.”


It is a trying time for the cattle industry right now as markets remain lethargic and unreliable, says Kelsey. The already depressed situation is compounded by the potential for many changes on the horizon that will indeed impact the cattle industry directly. The Trans Pacific Partnership, the Veterinary Feed Directive are both examples of issues that currently dominate discussions in our rural communities. Kelsey offers a message of reassurance; that while many may worry about the potential impacts of issues that remain undecided, Oklahomans across the state, Americans across the nation, will have a chance to voice their opinions on these matters come this Election Day.


Listen to OCA’s Michael Kelsey and Ron Hays discuss the importance of getting out to vote this Election Day, by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.


   



   

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