2018-02-21 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Doing your civic duty-voting
By Larry G. Spence

I made the trip to the courthouse this morning to check on somethings and I quickly realized early voting has started again. All parking spaces for county business are taken up by designated areas to park to vote, and all the candidates and their workers. There has to be an easier way to do this every year, but we go right back to the same problem each time elections come around. I've personally sat through this ordeal nine times myself, and believe me it's not fun to sit in the hot sun for two weeks watching voters trickle in day by day. I encourage everyone who is eligible, to vote. It's important that we do that each time the opportunity presents itself. If you are not satisfied with the way things are going and you want to see a change, then vote. If you have a candidate that you feel has done a good job in serving the people and you want to make sure they stay in office, then vote. If you don't vote, then you really don't have a right to complain, because you didn't do your part.

I would like to see the early voting be just that, early voting. None of the other circus that takes place during this period. We should be able to believe that each voter has already decided who to vote for without being bombarded with people shouting names at them as they enter the polling place. That brings up another point, everybody should make sure they know the candidates, or at least research enough about them to make an intelligent decision about who they feel will do the best job and serve those they represent well. Please don't check off a candidate without knowing anything about them, or they are related to someone, or somebody told you, or paid you, (which is illegal, by the way,) to vote for that particular person.

Who is your candidate? What experience do they have to make you feel they can do the service you'd expect of them? What do you know of them that you researched yourself? If they are already in office, are they doing a good job? If not, what changes will they make, and do they have the experience to fulfill the position? Have you talked with any of the candidates personally or are you basing your decision on what someone else has told you? Do a little research, and find out all you can about the candidate, then if you feel they are the person for the job, cast your ballot. It's important to vote, you can make a difference. Just for the record, I'm not a big fan of signs, signs don't vote, but they sure clutter up places. I really think they have no place especially on County property, but that's my own opinion. Final thought! Who you vote for today, you live with tomorrow. Vote wisely! Be safe and be blessed!

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