A vote is your voice; use it

Published 12:01 am Thursday, October 4, 2018

If you are fed up with how the U.S. Congress acts, now is your time.

If you want to prove that one person can make a difference, you only have a few more days to act.

Regardless of one’s political color preference — red, blue, purple or any other shade — if you want to ensure your voice is heard, you have to sign up to vote.

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The deadline for Mississippians seeking to register to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election will be 5 p.m. on Monday. If you mail in the forms it must be postmarked by Oct. 9, to be counted.

For Mississippians — regardless of political preference — next month’s election will be of significant importance.

The election will be a rare one in that two U.S. Senate seats will be up for grabs. The unusual occurrence happened after long-time U.S. Senator Thad Cochran announced his retirement earlier this year. His seat was filled temporarily until the next election was available.

As luck would have it, Mississippi’s other U.S. Senator, Roger Wicker, was up for reelection on his seat’s normal calendar cycle.

Our area’s U.S. House of Representative’s seat will also be on the ballot, along with a regional circuit court judge position and a court of appeals post.

While those positions may not get as much attention as presidential elections, one could easily argue that two senators, a house of representatives position and a handful of judges have the potential for far greater impact than the person in The White House.

But none of that matters, however, if we don’t exercise our right to vote.

That starts with getting registered to vote. The deadline is nearing; don’t miss the opportunity.