Voting in this country is a right paid for by the blood of our ancestors. Everyone over 18–with the exception of those who have lost their right to vote because of being convicted of myriad crimes in a Mississippi courtroom or having been declared mentally incompetent by a court–in our state, in our country has the undeniable right to cast a ballot once registered to vote. Registration is free and easy. A photo identification is required to vote, but even those can be obtained free of charge from the Circuit Clerk’s office.
Local elections, such as the primary next Tuesday, present the best opportunity for us voters to affect the future of our communities. Things get done by going through local elected officials first. More specifically, things get done when you contact your supervisor first, who is truly the most local representative a constituent has. Electing proven, strong leaders, therefore, serves everyone in the county best.
Mississippi and Copiah County lost any sway in presidential elections long ago. Like much of the rest of the country, we are now at the mercy of what transpires during national elections in more populated states where the power of the electorate is centered. For all intents and purposes, our vote doesn’t count much at all in national elections here in Mississippi. Don’t kid yourself by thinking otherwise.
So, that’s why the approximately 19,600 registered voters in Copiah County, according to the Circuit Clerk’s office, need to be active in local elections. Active means that voters educate themselves, form own opinions and vote based on their own conscience, whether in primaries, run-offs or in the general election. Your vote counts much more on Tuesday that it will, say, in next year’s general election.
Reminders: All local races are being ran on the Democratic ticket. If you plan to vote in the Republican primary, you will not be able to vote for a local candidate, nor will you be able to vote in any Democratic runoff on August 25. The Circuit Clerk’s office will be open for absentee voting through Saturday in case you can’t vote on Tuesday.