Election Day: This Is Your Time
In light of the poor voter turnout in last Tuesday’s run-off election, we are sharing this article from Senator Kent Williams about the importance of voting and making your voice heard.
By Senator Kent Williams
It’s the time of the year that you begin seeing campaign signs, commercials and local political debates in your community. We are fast approaching a chance for you to have a direct impact on the individuals who represent your interests in Washington, DC, Columbia, SC and on the local government scene. It is election time!
Why is election time so important you might ask? Election time is critical because it’s your chance to decide who will represent you and your community. Who will speak for you?
At the polls, voters will decide who will become your leaders for numerous state, federal, and local post.
Just like at the local ball field. You can’t win if you don’t play. Those who participate determine election outcomes. Elected officials make important decisions about how our society will utilize its collective resources and the restraints it will place on individual behavior. The drinking age, the age at which you can get a driver’s license and the funding to our schools are some of the decisions made by elected officials. In making those decisions, elected officials respond to people who vote and make their voices heard. Voting does not guarantee that one’s preferences will prevail, but choosing not to vote denies a person their voice in a democracy.
Our service members are making sacrifices daily to preserve the freedom and liberties we may take for granted. Do your part and take pride in participating in the political process.
If you haven’t already registered, don’t worry, you will still have opportunity to register before the general election in November. This year October 6, 2012 is the voter registration deadline for General Election being held on November 6th. For more information about registration and requirements, please contact your county voter registration office.
Our nation’s election history tells us that one person – or one vote – can make a difference. As Election Day approaches, remember, as voters, this is your time.
Please contact me in my Columbia office located at (803) 212 6008 or by fax at (803) 212-6011. My district office is located at 137 Airport Road, Suite J, Mullins, SC 29574, the phone number is (843) 423-8237 and the fax number is (843) 431-6049. You may also email me at [email protected] My business phone is (843) 423- 3904.