Voting is a right

Published 6:41 pm Friday, May 25, 2018

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that the political arena across this great nation is in a state of chaos. Whether we are for or against certain candidates makes no never-mind if you didn’t vote in the primary. In Bell County, 26.6 percent of registered voters ventured out last Tuesday evening to cast their vote in what I saw as some pretty important races. Nonetheless, congratulations are in order to all of the winners.

History shows us that people fought long and hard to achieve the right to choose their political leaders. When I think that my beloved grandmother could not vote during her early adulthood, I am more than appalled. The same can be said for people of color. The Fifteenth Amendment was ratified in 1870, yet it wasn’t until 1965 that The Voting Rights Act was passed by President Lyndon Johnson that took away some of the legal obstacles that kept people of color from voting. And yes I said “some.”

It is my hope that come November, we will all have a good understanding of who the candidates are, what they represent and how what they do will affect our lives and the communities where we live. The Daily News will do its part by providing you with relevant information on each individual candidate who is running for office.

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We all know we have the right to vote. But voting is also a privilege that many throughout the world do not share. Is it not our responsibility to vote our conscience and put the right people in office? The impact of our decision to grace the polls with our presence can make a difference. To partially steal from Lincoln, our government is made up of the people, by the people and for the people … and our participation in the voting process ensures that we keep it that way. See you in November!