Local elections too important not to vote Nov. 8

I don’t know about you, but I’m about tired of election politics. I perfectly understand that it is a function of our democracy but this year’s national elections have gotten pretty nasty.

The result is that a lot of people are talking about not voting at all because they aren’t happy with either candidate.

The trouble with that is two-fold.

First, you are leaving the decision of who guides our country to someone else. As we have seen over and over, every vote is critical and just one vote can decide the pathway our nation takes.

Your right to vote is precious and don’t let anyone vote in a void you created. Whether it’s a positive or a negative vote, cast your ballot and allow yourself the privilege many would consider a sacred act of national trust.

The second reason is that there are some very important local issues to be decided on November 8.

The Barnwell County sheriff’s race is one of those. Voters will decide between incumbent Ed Carroll (Republican) or newcomer Willie Walker (Democrat).

There are state and regional races to determine.

Another reason to go to the polls is the one percent sales tax referendum.

If approved, the tax would be imposed for 8 years but would pay for a long list of brick-and-mortar projects. (See an ad on page 5A for the list)

Currently the referendum is supported by every municipal and county council.

What really matters is: Do you support it? Will it improve the lives of local citizens? Will it be a burden?

It is a question that we all must consider seriously and decide at the ballot box.

While some prefer to do a simplified “all one party” vote, personally I don’t care of that option. Sometimes I like to vote for a democrat, sometimes a republican, sometimes an independent.

I like having the ability to make my own choices and not just a batch vote according to party.

And if I don’t like any of the choices, I have the ability to write in my choice. My vote still counts.

Want to save time on election day?

Go to www.scvotes.org. By following a series of links you can arrive at your very own personal sample ballot. Find it. Print it out. Study it. Decide.

That way, on election day, you will already have made your decisions and will be able to more swiftly navigate the election machines.

Whatever you do, make plans to vote. You’ve had all year to plan your calendar around it. Make it happen.