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Our View: Register to vote ... and do it

 

 

It's decision time. 

 

On Nov. 8, we'll be called on to make important decisions, on the state and local levels. 

 

Republican Phil Bryant faces Democrat Johnny Dupree in the governor's race. 

 

Bryant promises to improve education and work to boost the economy. 

 

Dupree also is focusing on the economy, specifically job creation, as well as education and health care. 

 

Locally, Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay counties will have new sheriffs when all is said and done. 

 

Unfortunately, many of us won't cast a ballot. Many of us aren't even registered to vote. 

 

In the Golden Triangle, about a third of voters turned out to vote in the August primaries. 

 

Three weeks later, numbers dwindled even lower for the primary runoffs. 

 

No surprise there. Primaries, runoffs and special elections always have unimpressive showings. Sad but true. 

 

Voters have until Saturday to register to vote in the November general election. 

 

If you haven't registered already, head to the circuit clerk's office and tell them you want to vote. Then be sure to cast your ballot on Nov. 8. Polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 

 

The decisions made in the state Legislature and local government are a direct reflection of who we put in office. 

 

Don't like the way your tax dollars are being spent? Vote for new representation. 

 

Happy with the current leadership? Make sure they get back in office. 

 

Plus, we've got some hefty initiatives to weigh in on. 

 

Statewide, we'll decide three controversial issues -- if a fetus should be considered a person at conception, if voters should show ID at the polls and if the government will retain its ability to take private land for economic development. 

 

With or without the special referendums, voting is a privilege that shouldn't be taken for granted. 

 

It's a right won in battles of ink and blood.

 

 

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