This coming Tuesday, November 5, is the next general election in most parts of our country. While there is not specific command in God's Word that says, "Thou shalt vote," being a good citizen of this great country carries with it certain privileges and responsibilities. Voting to elect our leaders is certainly a privilege but it is also a responsibility.
“Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” - Abraham Lincoln
“The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.” - Dwight Eisenhower
Without belaboring the point, I believe that it is the duty of every U.S. citizen to participate in each election by voting. But, to do that properly, you need to educate yourself before going to the polls. Do you know who is on the ballot? Do you know who you are going to vote for? Do you know why you are going to vote for them? Are there other issues on the ballot that you need to be aware of and informed of before you vote?
Do you know who is on the ballot? Those who live in North Carolina can click here to find and view their sample ballot before voting. Those who live in South Carolina can click here to find and view their sample ballot before voting.
Do you know who you are going to vote for? Do you know why yo are going to vote for them? The next thing is to inform your self about those who are on the ballot. The internet has made it a little easier in this regards because most candidates have a website dedicated to informing voters about themselves. All you need to do a Google search. One place where you can quickly find some information about candidates is via social media. Most candidates will have a Facebook page that is easy to find. And, via social media, you can interact with the candidates much in the same way you used to do by going to town hall meetings and other political gatherings.
Are there other issues on the ballot? For example, on my sample ballot for this upcoming election, I will have the opportunity to voice my opinion on a sales tax increase. (This is the exact wording on the ballot: "Local sales and use tax of one-quarter percent (0.25%) in addition to all other State and local sales and use taxes.") I can tell you that I won't be voting in favor of that one! I believe that I am already taxed enough the way it is living in Charlotte, NC!
Get Out...And Vote!