“Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.” — John D. Rockefeller.
In Lowndes County, all 22 precincts will be open for voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Any United States citizen who is at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of the state of Georgia not serving a sentence for a felony involving moral turpitude, who registered to vote by June 21, and who has not been judged mentally incompetent by the court will be eligible to cast a ballot.
Unless, of course, they were among those 1,777 who did so during the early voting period.
On the ballots are a number of contested primary races — Georgia House of Representatives District 176, U.S. House of Representatives District 2, U.S. Senate, Lowndes County Board of Commissioners Districts 2 and 3, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State School Superintendent, Commissioners of Insurance, Labor and Agriculture.
There are also a number of uncontested races, as well as a special election to fill the unexpired term of Lydia Day on the Remerton City Council and an initiative to amend the Georgia Constitution. This special personhood question asks if voters believe that the right to life is vested in each human being from their earliest biological beginning to natural death.
Some of these races will likely not be decided on Tuesday, July 20. Some of them have quite a few candidates vying for the opportunity to represent their party in the November General Election.
With so many candidates, it is not likely one will receive the necessary votes to win. He or she needs 50 percent plus one to avoid a runoff.
Yes, one vote can make a difference.
The right to vote is one that defines our nation as a democracy, a right that many Americans take for granted. Two hundred years ago, a person had to be white, male, and wealthy in order to vote.
The right to vote is not restricted by race, belief, gender, wealth or social status. It is only restricted by the individual — and his or her willingness to exercise such a right.
Remember, the polls will be open for 12 hours on Tuesday. If you are registered to vote, try to find some time to cast a ballot. You don’t want to wake up Wednesday morning, learn that you candidate lost by one vote and have to ask yourself, “What if?”