The foundation of our democracy is the right--and equally, the duty--of every eligible voter to make his or her voice heard in public affairs by casting a ballot at every election--local, state and national.

Every American should be encouraged to exercise this right and to fulfill his duty at the polls.

Necessarily because of their tours of duty approximately 3,000 from Delaware in the armed forces will be absent from their normal polling places on Election Day this year, November 6.

Our state law provides a method enabling Delaware military personnel and their spouses to register and vote without appearing in person.

It is the responsibility of all of us to make certain that our Delaware service people are informed of their right to vote and of the procedure they should follow in registering and voting absentee.

Write to them, telling them that they should apply in writing for absentee registration to the Board of Election in their home county. Tell them that their requests for an absentee registration form must be received by the Department of Elections on or before October 7th of this year unless they have already registered during the year 1956.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim the week of September 24th, 1956, as


community-minded citizens 'to write to or inform our men and women in the armed forces and their spouses urging them to exercise their right of franchise by taking the necessary steps for absentee registration and voting.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State

(Great Seal) to be hereunto affixed at Dover this Twentieth day of September in the year of Our Lord, One thousand nine hundred and fifty-six and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eighty-first.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State