The Union Recorder

May 3, 2014

Don’t squander precious opportunity in democratic process

The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Early voting kicked off Monday in advance of the May 20 primary and nonpartisan elections. Local voters in school board Districts 1 and 5 will cast ballots for their representation in the nonpartisan races. All of Baldwin County will have opportunity to decide the race for state court judge. Primaries for the U.S. 10th District Congressional seat and the U.S. Senate seat will also be decided, as will other state races, including governor.

Early voting periods traditionally carry a low, slow moving turnout, but 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.

It’s certainly no secrete that turnout in recent elections has been abysmal, a fact we’ve mentioned in previous editorials. But when we take a moment to think on the kind of legacy we’re leaving future generations with regards to the voting and the democratic process, surely we all agree that we are setting a very poor example. Our lack of participation disinterest leaves little for our children to desire to follow.

In countries all across the globe, others fight and even give their lives for this right that far too many of us take for granted. While citizens in other nations, even today, risk it all to attain voting rights, too many of us shelve our right and sit at home.

We mustn’t take our citizenship for granted. We mustn’t set such a poor precedent for generations to come. We must value it more.

This precious right cannot slip through our grasps each election cycle, year after year. Others before us fought and sacrificed too much for us to take it for granted.

Stop by the Baldwin County Courthouse, Room 104 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Monday through Friday through May 16. There is also a Saturday early voting date slated from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10. Those who don’t can vote on Election Day — May 20 — will polls open at 7 a.m.

If you can’t make it, absentee ballot applications are available on the Secretary of State website

Take a few minutes to engage in the democratic process and honor those who sacrificed for us to have this right.