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Voting: A pain and a bother?


Two heroes emerged at the polls this year, and neither was named Barack or Mitt.

Their names are Galicia and Ken – ordinary Americans with extraordinary civic spirit. While about 40 percent of eligible voters didn't bother to cast their ballots this year, these two demonstrated that our right to vote is not something to take lightly – especially at a time when Republican officials in several states are going to extremes to deny millions of citizens that right.

Galicia Malone, 21 years old, was making an urgent trip to the hospital Tuesday morning, because she was about to give birth to her first child. Her water had broken and her cont...