Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

October 6, 2012

Register to Vote

-- — For weeks, people have expressed their opinions on local, state and national politics.

The presidential campaign has especially heated many a Facebook post for one candidate or the other. People post links to articles they have read. They post their opinions on debates or the story of the day. They post pictures with word captions that either speak well of their guy but more than likely speak ill of the other guy.

The rhetoric has become so heated within the American public that many friendships have been broken due to political differences. It is not uncommon to hear some people refer to having put some friendships and family relationships on hold until the election is over.

But now we’re reaching the point when it comes down to more than opinion and outrage, posts and posters. Because it does not matter how often you Tweet if you cannot vote.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, is the last day to register to vote.

You can climb on your roof and scream your candidate choices to the top of your lungs. You can flood email boxes with your political opinions. You can make Facebook posts until your computer is blue in the screen. You can call in Rants & Raves. You can write Letters to the Editor.

But none of that counts if you don’t vote. Election officials count votes to determine the winners. There is no decibel meter to register who yells the loudest for a candidate.

You can wear a T-shirt for your guy. You can have your guy’s name tattooed on your chest. You can buy a loud speaker to trumpet your choice, but it will be that quiet moment, that private few seconds, at the ballot box that will make the difference.

If you’re a long-time voter, you may also want to ensure you have a proper photo ID to vote. Or direct any other questions come Tuesday to the Lowndes County Board of Elections, or your area’s election board. To register, visit the Lowndes County Board of Elections, 2808 N. Oak St., or call (229) 671-2850.

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