Vote. It’s the American way

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 5, 2002

Today, the campaigning will end and we will vote. We will give the candidates the only poll that matters.

There will be winners and losers. Incumbents may fall or be re-elected. New faces may be voted in or brushed back. One thing is just about certain, the campaigning will be over after tomorrow. It’s been a long run since the primaries last spring. We’ve seen all types of campaign tactics, speeches, endorsements and ads.

Citizens have heard enough, seen enough. All that is left to do now is go out and vote.

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We hope you make every effort to vote in this election today. All elections are important but they carry special significance when the ballot contains important statewide offices and key local offices.

Alabama has many critical issues facing it. The issues are jobs, our constitution, education, and taxes. These are major issues that affect our quality of life. We need to have input on these issues and the simplest way to do this is to cast a vote. It takes only minutes to do so.

We may not always agree on who is the best candidate for the job. But one thing we can agree on is that it is important to vote. Citizens have no basis to lodge a complaint or a concern if they are not at least voting when there is an opportunity to pick government leaders.

Here in Selma, we are almost hypocritical if we don’t vote. We are looked at as a shining light when it comes to voting rights. The world expects us to be a leader when it comes to voting participation.

Please go out and vote in your community today and let your thoughts be known. The future of Alabama and Selma is too important to skip over.