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Let your voice be heard at the polls

Today is another of the special days that separate Americans from much of the world.

This is election day, one of the times we observe periodically to determine who we want to serve in government.

In Southwest Georgia, some races will be decided today in the Republican and Democratic primaries. In other races, winners today will face opponents from other parties in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Thousands of voters across Georgia have availed themselves of the opportunity to cast their ballots early, but the vast majority of the state's eligible voters who will cast ballots will do so today between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

It may be a little bother to physically go to a voting precinct to cast a ballot, but a democracy is like anything else worth having -- it is worth the trouble. Citizens in nations all over the world are envious of this right that we as Americans have by virtue of birth, a right that none of us should take lightly.

Over the past week, The Albany Herald Editorial Board has shared its opinions on the candidates seeking office in Dougherty and Lee counties, along with the Region 10 special-purpose local-option sales tax for transportation projects. Here is a recap of our recommendations.

T-SPLOST

This referendum appears on all ballots in the 14-county region that includes Dougherty, Lee, Baker, Worth, Terrell, Calhoun, Colquitt, Decatur, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole and Thomas counties.

We recommend that voters in Region 10 approve the 10-year sales tax.

DOUGHERTY COUNTY

All ballots

Dougherty County State Court judge -- Victoria Darrisaw.

Democratic ballots only

We recommend the following candidates in these contested races:

State House District 153 -- Carol Fullerton, incumbent;

Dougherty County Board of Education, at-large seat -- Lane Price;

Coroner -- Emma Quimbley, incumbent;

Dougherty County Commission, District 3 -- Clinton Johnson.

LEE COUNTY

Republican ballots only

We recommend the following candidates in these contested races:

Sheriff -- Reggie Rachals, incumbent;

Lee County Commission, District 2 -- Luke Singletary;

Lee County Commission, District 4 -- Rick Muggridge, incumbent;

Lee County Commission, District 5 -- Bill Williams, incumbent.

-- The Albany Herald Editorial Board