Early voting wraps up next week for the upcoming primary runoff. There’s a long list of reasons why being a no-show at the polls impacts Baldwin County but above all, not voting is a failure in responsibility and demonstrates a poor level of citizenship, who so many before us have risked and sacrifice for us to attain.
Election Day for the runoff is Tuesday, July 22. Early voting continues through July 18.
Early voting periods traditionally carry a low, slow moving turnout, but we must remember that this period was created to make the elections process more accessible for the electorate by not limiting the voting option to just one day. Take advantage of the process and don’t let apathy settle in.
Historically runoff elections, particularly for primaries, draw even fewer voters to the polls, but we mustn’t let that cause us to lose sight of our responsibility as citizens.
The upcoming runoff will determine how the ballot lines up in November — our leaders in Washington and in Atlanta and who will lead our state’s public schools. That’s a ballot of heavy importance, and one that should make all local voters take notice.
Next week also presents an opportunity to see our democratic process up close as the Baldwin County Republican Party hosts a District 10 U.S. Congressional debate between candidates Mike Collins and Jody Hice.
Not only is this an opportunity to find out more about both of these candidates and their positions it’s also a prime opportunity to expose young people to how the democratic process works and why we need to value its importance.
The debate is slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Goldstein Center on the Georgia Military College campus. Come out and hear from the candidates. Be an informed voter and learn more about the issues at stake and where they stand.