Get out and vote

This week is the beginning of the end of campaign ads for a while, although they probably will increase in the couple of weeks leading up to the Nov. 8 general election.

Sites across North Carolina will open beginning Thursday for OneStop early voting, including those in Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. Turnout for this year’s elections are expected to be large, with the U.S. Presidential race on the ballot, so having a chance to go to the polls early to vote is a good option to take advantage of when it is convenient for voters.

With presidential candidates throwing verbal pies at each other every time they are on the air or near one another, the results when they come out late into the night Nov. 8, because remember the western states are three hours behind us, should be interesting.

There are a number of important races being held in this every-four-year election event, including North Carolina’s gubernatorial race and elections for several state department heads.

But not to be forgotten are our own races here, which affect what happens in our daily lives just as much, if not more, than those high profile races do. The locally elected officials make decisions about how our communities are run, what a portion of our taxpayer money is spent on and what rules will be set forth as far as the future of our communities are decided, both in policy and in land use.

Our local candidates don’t make decisions on topics such as abortion and the death penalty, but they do decide the images of our communities, how we will market and brand ourselves to those living here and looking in from afar. They shape our futures.

After hearing answers from our candidates for town commissioner in Elkin and school board in Elkin, the decisions on who to vote for may be difficult for area residents, but we encourage you to go back to The Tribune’s Facebook page and The Mount Airy News’ Facebook page to watch the videos of the question-and-answer sessions, and to read the profile articles written on the candidates to get a feel for who they are and what they want to see for the area.

If you have questions, reach out to the candidates before you vote. They want to represent the public’s interest, so they should be open to hearing from the voters who will make a final decision on the outcome of the Nov. 8 races.

We’ve heard some people say “my vote doesn’t matter.” But we don’t believe that. If everyone who thought that had cast a ballot, they very well could have swung the race in a different direction.

So we just encourage everyone eligible to get out and vote, no matter which way the ballot is cast.

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