Don’t forget to vote today for the Senate runoff

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Did you vote during last month’s primary election?

If so, you can say you are doing your civic duty. If, on the other hand, you said no, well there’s no better time to get involved than today.

Today is the runoff election between Republican candidates Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel.

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There is a caveat, if you voted Democratic during the primary you will not be allowed to vote today.

But if you did not vote on June 3, or voted on the Republican ticket, you can head to your polling place today.

Who you vote for is your business, but everyone should exercise their right by heading to the polls today.

It is disconcerting that less than 20 percent of our registered voters cast a ballot on average.

There are, however, two issues that still bring voters to the polls, alcohol or taxes. It’s curious that those two issues attract the most attention. Understandably they are local topics that would have the most direct impact on a community member’s day-to-day lives.

However, when ballot options deal with candidates who ultimately make choices affecting the day-to-day operations of schools, state and federal funding or any other matter that plays a part in local, state and federal government, it seems voters become complacent.

When people are asked if they intend to vote, they may say “I don’t know who to vote for,” or “I’m unfamiliar with what each candidate stands for.”

This is where voters are charged to do research for themselves. While the news provides a starting point about what candidates plan to achieve while in office, with varying levels of success, there are several options voters can use to learn even more. Such options include a candidate’s website, public forums and campaign materials.

Avoid voting for someone based on name recognition, or because someone else told you to. The only person who can make that decision is you. The best decision can only be made by you. Remember, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.