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Voting does make a difference
Do you vote? I do. I began voting at age 18 and did not fully understand the significance of what my vote meant. I can count 10 times or fewer that I have not voted, for various reasons, none of which were acceptable.
Why do I vote? I am the daughter of a veteran, the aunt of three veterans and the niece of numerous veterans.
I want my voice to be heard and my vote to count. I vote out of respect for those that served our country to ensure the freedom to vote. It is the simplest way to be active in my community – to make a difference.
In the past few years, several local elections have been decided by 10 votes or fewer. When the results were announced, some of the comments made to the candidate not winning the seat were:
We went out of town; we thought you had it won; we didn’t vote. We are so sorry.
We had kid games all day and never made it to the polls. We never dreamed you wouldn’t win.
I forgot. I’m sorry.
WOW!! I had no idea that my vote would have made a difference.
Voting is a privilege. It takes minimal time to actually vote. Hopefully, your research on the candidates takes longer. The people running for office are sacrificing parts of their lives to serve. They will have meetings, phone calls, text messages and emails, get stopped in the grocery store and experience numerous other interruptions of life because they chose to hold an office. But, when they run, they understand those sacrifices are mandatory. If a candidate is running, they deserve your best effort to research the reasons they are running – and they deserve for you to vote.
Early voting begins Tuesday, October 13, and ends Friday, October 30. Early voting will be held in the Childress County Courthouse on the
second floor in the Law Library. Hours for early voting are:
October 13 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
October 14 and 15 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Octber 15 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
October 19 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
October 20 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
October 21 -22 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
October 22 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
October 26 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
October 27 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
October 28 and 29 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
October 30 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Election day voting will be held from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm in the following locations on Tuesday, November 3:
Precinct 101 Housing Authority, 407 Avenue B N.W.
Precinct 201 Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 210 2nd Street S.E.
Precinct 301 Fair Park Auditorium Reunion Room, 1000 Commerce Street
Precinct 401 Calvary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1606 Avenue I N.W.
I hope each of you takes the time to VOTE, either during Early Voting or on November 3. It is your VOICE.
Thank you for taking time to read my thoughts.