Editorial: Voting is more than just a right

Published: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 14:44 PM.

By now, many have grown tired of what seems to be an endless roll of presidential campaign commercials.

On one side, Barack Obama is either a great leader holding the country together during one of its worst economic periods or he has run the country into the ground. On the other side, Mitt Romney either doesn’t care about most Americans or is the type of fiscal and social conservative needed to pull this country back from the brink of disaster.

We don’t believe those extremes are accurate, but the accusations are enough to lead to voter apathy. Apparently that’s not the case.

We are encouraged that more than 5,000 people have voted during the early-voting period at the Havelock polling site. That’s nearly half of all registered voters in Havelock, though one does not need to be registered to vote early.

Still, that gives us hope that most of those registered to vote will be doing just that, either during early voting or on Election Day on Tuesday.

Many of those who vote say those who don’t have no right to complain about the country’s direction. After all, they had a chance to have a say in that direction but decided not to use it.

We agree, but beyond that, those who fail to vote are failing to honor all those who fought, were wounded or died to protect the freedom that grants all of us that right to vote. In this military community, we owe it to those in uniform today and those who wore the uniform yesterday to vote.



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