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Why vote? It’s important

April 30, 2014

We are six days into the early voting cycle for May’s primary, and while several hundred residents have taken advantage of the opportunity, we hope the smaller numbers won’t be a reflection of the turnout for what we view as an all-important election.


At 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, a total 574 ballots had been cast, with early voting continuing through Saturday at 1 p.m. The primary election is May 6.


That’s a relatively good turnout since voting began on Thursday, April 24, but we’d like to see the numbers continue to grow, showing residents’ determination to do their civic duty and cast a ballot in those all-important races.


Many may question why they should vote in a primary where very few choices are available, but we say casting a ballot is important where there are a plethora of candidates to choose from or just one issue that needs our attention.


The opportunity is available, and if we are to allow our voice to be heard, we have to make the effort.


In this primary, local Democrats can choose who they’d like to see run for sheriff against incumbent Republican Jimmy Thornton this fall, and in county commissioner Dist. 5, residents will be deciding whether to keep incumbent Albert Kirby on the board or seat Eugene Pearsall in his place.


Republicans in commissioner Dist. 1 will decide who will next represent them between two newcomers, Danny Jackson and Clark Wooten, and many in Sampson will have the opportunity to choose who will be the GOP candidate for the Dist. 7 House of Representatives seat between Woody White, David Rouzer or Chris Andrade. There’s also the full slate of choices the U.S. Senate race, both Republican and Democrat.


And the countywide referendum on alcohol sales in Sampson, a hot topic that has brought much discussion in the last few weeks, is yet another choice voters will be asked to make.


All those and many more are on the primary ballot, and every one is worth our time because, as we said earlier, voting is important.


And, there’s really no reason not to come out and cast a ballot. There are ample times to handle any excuse that might come up for not voting between now and May 6.


There is still plenty of early voting time left. The Sampson County Board of Elections is offering daily opportunities for residents to work a stop by the BOE offices into their daily routine. Voters can do so 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. through May 2, and again from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on May 3. The Board of Elections is located at 335 County Complex Road (Building D), which is just off Rowan Road.


We encourage everyone to vote, whether by May 3 or on May 6. It really doesn’t matter when you cast your vote, what matters is that you do, and that you, in voting, make informed choices that reflect your own views and your own desires for our county, the state of North Carolina and the United States of America.


Given this is not a presidential primary, we worry about the turnout, which should be good no matter who is or isn’t on a ballot. And that’s why we are imploring residents yet again to make the decision to vote.


In truth, every election is important. The choices made are those that will directly impact each and every American.


We encourage voting every time an election rolls around; we encourage voters to think for themselves and make the choices that are in their own hearts; and we continue to do so today.


So cast your vote early or on May 6. But whatever you do, please don’t stay home and allow someone else to make your decisions for you.