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It’s a right as well as a privilege for Americans to speak their voices by casting a vote on Election Day.
According to numbers at the Taylor County Clerk’s office, our county has 17,077 registered voters who will be eligible to cast a vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Sadly, if the so-called political experts are correct, only about 3,400 of us will actually vote; turnout for the upcoming election is estimated to be around 20 percent.
We’ve all heard complaints about the condition of our government these days, both on the federal and state levels. There’s nothing wrong with complaining, especially if you vote and also voice your opinion that way, and not just by grumbling to everyone else. As the old saying goes, “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.”
We live in a nation where we have the right to say who should serve as our government leaders, yet so few people take advantage of this right. Even in a good year, with a presidential election, voter turnout is never near where it should be for such an important and potentially life-changing decision.
This year’s races in Kentucky will determine who will be our next governor, state treasurer, secretary of agriculture, attorney general and auditor of public accounts. These are important positions, and we are entrusting the people who take these offices with the resources of our state.
If you don’t vote, not only are you affecting your own future, but also the future of today’s children. In addition, the apathy some people show toward choosing government leaders passes on to those young people, and when they are old enough to vote, they may take the same approach and choose to not vote.
We don’t care for whom you cast your vote, but we do want to see you be involved and participate in the election process, helping to put the person you feel to be the best candidate in office.
If you feel you don’t have enough information to vote, visit www.vote-ky.org and find out more about the candidates. A profile of each candidate is posted on the site, and you can even see a side-by-side comparison of how they match up against each other. In addition, you can also read in-depth profiles on each race by visiting www.cknj.com.
No matter what you have planned for Tuesday, Nov. 8, work a few minutes into your busy schedule and take time to vote.