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We were pleased to learn recently that the number of registered voters in Shelby County has increased since we last elected a president.
That’s always encouraging, and because as our populace grows, we need those of age to do their constitutional – and moral – duty by becoming involved in the electorate process.
The number of adults in Shelby County who have filed their paperwork to vote in this election is nearly 28,000, which is a strong percentage of those who are eligible.
That’s the good news, but it also is not enough.
We would hope that all of you would register, but, setting that aside, we even more fervently hope that all of you who did register would fulfill that commitment on Nov. 6 and actually go to the polls and perform that duty.
In addition to the pitched battle between President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney, many of you have council races, commission races and school board races that require your attention. There is a big lineup for the soil conservation board and even a Constitutional amendment about hunting.
There are many important decisions to be made, and if you don’t vote, then you are ceding to others your right to participate in those decisions.
Do you really want someone else deciding who represents your point of view?
We didn’t think so. Congrats on registering, but don’t stop there.