Thousands of residents in our region already have had their say on issues ranging from local offices to state amendments to federal offices, including the presidency of our nation. But many more of us have waited for today to speak our mind on how we want to be governed, and by whom.
This is the day when the voter discharges his or her duty, the day when a precious right as a United States citizen is exercised. It is a day that really should be celebrated. You hear the words “of the people, by the people and for the people” in a number of political contexts these days, but election day is when those words come to life in our republic.
Over the past year or so, we’ve seen poll after poll and survey after survey attempted to tell us who will win and by how much, particularly in the race for the White House. The fact is, those polls don’t mean a thing. The poll taken in the voting booth is the only one that matters.
Admittedly, the weather may not be terribly cooperative today with forecasts predicting some rain showers and possibly some thunderstorms in our region, but we hope voters will grab their umbrellas and make the effort. We’ve seen occasions in which a single vote does make a difference, particularly in local contests.
One thing to remember is that you need to take an acceptable photo identification with you to the precinct where you vote. According to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, you need to have one of the following with you:
- A Georgia’s Driver’s License, even if it’s expired;
- A valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of the state.
- A valid U.S. passport;
- A valid U.S. military photo ID;
- A valid tribal photo ID.
America is remarkable for a great many reasons, not the least of which is what occurs today — the day when we, regardless of our station, decide who will serve in the highest elected office of our land.
Over our nation’s history, thousands of our nation’s men and women have fought, suffered loss and died to secure this privilege for us, one we too often take for granted.
The ability to vote — in secret and without fear of reprisal — is a great power and responsibility, one that came at an even greater price. It should never be neglected.