Member of MeridianTeaParty.com hosted a 'Get Out the Vote' Rally Saturday afternoon. From 2 to 5p.m., community members and leaders filled Meridian's Dumont Plaza. It was a time for entertainment, but more importantly, a time to gather support.
Participation. Involvement. Action. That's what members of MeridianTeaParty.com want to see from every American citizen. And Paul Tarver is one of those members. He believes there are certain responsibilities that come with being a citizen.
"Well our duties as a citizen primarily involve, getting and staying involved in the process, being politically minded in regards to the things and the decisions that are being made by the government. Obviously we need to pay taxes, obviously we need to do things to fund the government, and we need to be working towards the ideal set forth by the constitution," says Tarver.
According to Tarver, another key duty American citizens should fulfill is the act of voting. That's the message he and other members of MeridianTeaParty.com hope to make clear.
"Well today, we are encouraging folks to get out to vote. This is a 'Get Out the Vote' Rally. It's an opportunity for us to remember what our duties as citizens are and to participate in the process."
Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry was also at the 'Get Out the Vote' Rally. She too stressed the significance of letting your voice be heard by voting.
"The right to vote is vital to maintain our democracy. As Americans, and if you are over the age of 18 years old, everyone has the right to vote and it is important to get out and vote. My stance today is to get out to everyone in the community, republicans, democrats, independents, get out and vote. It is your right as a citizen," says Mayor Barry.
Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant agrees with these citizens that voting should be taken seriously. He believes this year's votes will be more important than ever before.
"We believe this is the most important election in our lifetime. November the 2nd will decide if we turn away from the Obama agenda and take back our country. Get back to the beliefs conservatives have of an independent nation where states have the rights to say no to overbearing government," exclaims Lt. Governor Phil Bryant.
No matter what your beliefs may be, MeridianTeaParty.com says get out and vote.