May 17, 2014

Remember to vote Tuesday

— Talk to many of the political candidates running for office this year and you’ll quickly hear their biggest concern: Many Georgians don’t even know the general primary is Tuesday.

There are many reasons for this. First, the primary is being held this year earlier than it has been in decades. Georgians have gotten used to voting in the primary in mid-July. But last year, a federal judge moved the general primary for federal offices to May. Rather than hold two primaries, the state Legislature moved the primary for state and local offices to May as well.

But now the primary is taking place during high school graduation season and during the time when many people are planning their vacations. In short, there are many things going on to distract people from the primary.

But voting is too important a privilege and too important for the proper governance of this country for people to let other things keep them from remembering to vote. If you are able to get to the polls, and especially with early voting, there really is no excuse if you are of voting age not to exercise one of your cherished freedoms by letting your voice be heard whenever an election is held.

If you are registered to vote, it still isn’t too late to educate yourself and vote. Georgians will select the major party nominees for a U.S. Senate seat as well as all statewide offices from governor on down.

Locally, Murray County voters will select major party nominees for school board as well as elect a chief magistrate judge in a nonpartisan race. Whitfield County voters will select major party nominees for the school board as well as the Board of Commissioners. And voters in both counties will select someone to fill a seat on the Conasauga Superior Court in a nonpartisan election.

All of these races could have a huge impact for the state and for Whitfield and Murray counties. If you haven’t looked at the candidates, you still have time. The Daily Citizen has run profiles of all local candidates in contested races on Tuesday during the past week. You can find them on our website. And after you’ve made up your mind, remember to go to the polls on Tuesday.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., though those in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote after 7.


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