II. While Reading Activities
- protective |prəˈtektiv| adjective capable of or intended to protect someone or something: protective gloves are worn to minimize injury.
- ballot |ˈbalət| noun a process of voting, in writing and typically in secret: next year’s primary ballot | the commissioners were elected by ballot.
- urge |ərj| verb [with object and usually infinitive] try earnestly or persistently to persuade (someone) to do something: he urged her to come and stay with us | [with direct speech] : “Try to relax,” she urged.
- * at stake Prepositional phrase – (idiomatic) 1- to be won or lost; at risk: people’s lives could be at stake. 2 at issue or in question: the logical response is to give up, but there’s more at stake than logic.
- retired |rəˈtī(ə)rd| adjective 1 having left one’s job and ceased to work: a retired teacher.
- pandemic |panˈdemik| adjective (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
- submission |səbˈmiSHən| noun 2 the action of presenting a proposal, application, or other document for consideration or judgment: reports should be prepared for submission at partners’ meetings.
- essential |əˈsen(t)SHəl| adjective1 absolutely necessary; extremely important: [with infinitive] : it is essential to keep up-to-date records | fiber is an essential ingredient.
- restore |rəˈstôr| verb [with object] bring back (a previous right, practice, custom, or situation); reinstate: the government restored confidence in the housing market.
- confidence |ˈkänfədəns| noun the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust: we had every confidence in the staff | he had gained the young man’s confidence.
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Lumpkin, a former Chicago public school teacher, dressed in personal protective equipment from head to toe to drop off her ballot for the 2020 presidential election at the mailbox last week….If she could vote this year, so can anyone who’s registered, she said. And the retired educator knows better than most the value of voting. Here’s why Bea Lumpkin, proud voter and centenarian, says it’s so critical to vote in 2020.
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Women still have so many additional reasons to vote because in this election, all rights that women have won in the hundred-odd years I’ve been on earth — they’re all on the line, she said. But then, this fight for our rights is much older than we are — it’s even older than I am. Voting by mail was simple, she says.