The Union Recorder

Editorials

February 5, 2014

Register, vote, exercise your democratic right

MILLEDGEVILLE — Last November city electors cast ballots for municipal races. Sadly this election mirrored the turnout of a number of elections in recent history with just a slim number of voters deciding the outcome for the entire community.

Less than a quarter of the city’s eligible voters cast ballots in last fall’s election, with the others deciding for whatever reason to miss out on a valuable opportunity.

It’s an opportunity others around the globe are still fighting for. It’s an opportunity that in the broader perspective requires very little time and sacrifice, though so many who walked before us gave so much to afford to us.

The majority of eligible voters let a handful of their fellow citizens decide for them, and their voices were weakened. Then there are others among the remaining population who have yet to take the necessary steps to get themselves eligible in the first place.

Fortunately for all of us they don’t have to miss out on this opportunity again — but they must take responsibility and seize the opportunity by registering the vote — then going out and casting a ballot.

This year in Georgia citizens must act promptly. With Georgia’s unprecedented election schedule and May 20 primary for U.S. Senate and Congressional races, citizens who are not registered have a shorter window before the May 20 primary date.

Even still, why would any eligible voter not wish to have a say in which way the pendulum swings for Milledgeville’s future?

The deadline to register and be eligible to vote in the upcoming primary and nonpartisan election is Monday, April 21. Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 20.

There are multiple ways to register and many more reasons why we all should. To register in Georgia, an individual must be a citizen of the United States, be a legal resident of the county, be at least 17 and 1/2 years of age, among other requirements.

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