Brian Nicholson , OKespaÑol
Senator Luz Robles casts her vote early in the general election in Salt Lake City Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Lori Walker's letter to the editor, ("Every Vote Doesn't Count," Readers' Forum, Nov. 9) elicited strong emotions in me. I appreciate the time and effort the poll workers sacrificed so we, the American people, could practice our right to vote.

Whether I agree or not with her assumption that every vote doesn't count is neither here nor there. I voted because I have the right. Men and women for decades have put their lives on the line so my rights could be protected, including my right to vote.

In China, people watched with intent and intrigue as Americans voted while they have no choice in their leaders.

In Sierra Leone in 2009, the African Marxist dictator Mugabe and his men made it their business to cut peoples' hands off so that they could not "vote for the wrong party" again. "No hand, no more vote," Mugabe's militia men said as they chopped off limbs with machetes and axes." Feet were also cut off so as to "stop them walking to vote wrongly,"

I vote out of respect to the men and women who have and continue to put their lives on the line to protect our rights. Please exercise your right to vote — whether you believe it counts or not.

Stephanie Benware