As voters go to the booths on Tuesday, Nov. 4, they will have numerous decisions to make — both on local races and national candidates.
These are not always easy. Many people elect to vote right along party lines. Others study each race and make a decision based on individual candidates. And some just go in with the plan on voting for one particular candidate, and end up voting for the other races based on nothing more than name recognition or gut feeling.
All of these tactics are fine.
This is another incredily important election. We have tough races locally with state representative seats up for grabs and positions on Sussex County Council open, as well as nationally, where much of the conversation has unfortunately been centered on issues of race or gender.
And the only way any of these positions of leadership can be decided in a fair manner are through the process of a general election. We often hear about how younger people don’t vote, or how many people decline the opportunity because the candidates don’t spark any interest. Well, here’s the thing — if you don’t vote, you can’t complain about how things are being run.
Obviously, that’s not entirely true. We indeed live in a democracy where people have the right to voice their opinions. However, it’s almost hypocrital to complain about something that you could have had a say in, at least to some measure, and chose not to participate.
We’re not trying to just chastise people in this editorial for not voting. On the flip side, we’re in a mood to celebrate that the most democratic process this nation has to offer is soon upon us, and the opportunity is out there for all of us to decide who will be our leaders in this exciting time.
Get out to the booths on Tuesday and exercise your right to have your say in the political process. It’s more than an opportunity — it’s your right.