Column: Respect the right to vote

Published 3:12 pm Friday, August 16, 2019

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Another election is quickly approaching, and I believe it is the beginning of a stretch of upcoming elections that will be some of the most important Chilton County has ever seen.

First up is the House District 42 race on Aug. 20 followed by the Chilton County Commission and municipalities in 2020.

The current situation that the county finds itself in with the farm center and the likelihood of potential growth ever increasing makes it a valuable time for all residents.

It is important regardless of how you may feel about the farm center to get out and vote, because either way it is your future that is on the line.

For those who usually choose not to use their right to vote, I strongly urge you to do so in the upcoming elections.

The right to vote, as many of the other freedoms we have, is one that is especially cherished by me.

I hold it in high regard, because I have had many family members who have served in the military and have sacrificed a lot to make sure that the United States remains a country that has such a right to vote and have a say.

I have friends that offer up the common excuse that their one vote doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.

However, if enough people thought as they did, that could result in a massive amount votes that could have completely changed the scope of an election.

My grandmother is someone I have always admired because she is 84 years old and has never missed an election.

This is, after all, the 100th anniversary of Congress passing the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that granted women the right to vote.

I understand that you may not care for the candidates that are running, but there are few chances in life where you get to make a difference and each election offers you that opportunity.

I’m not telling you who to vote for, I’m just telling you to vote. Respect the right.