Be a part of political process

Published 11:16 pm Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Polk County residents can truly launch into election season tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 17 as early voting opens in the county.

We’re seeing nationally what occurs when leaders listen little to the public they are supposed to serve. So, locally, voters need to take a stand and ensure those elected to serve terms on our city and town councils are individuals who believe in working for the people.

While I personally prefer to vote on Election Day – I like the camaraderie of voting early in the morning and sometimes even standing in line to see the multiple generations of voters taking a part in our future – there are many of you who may find a lot of value in getting that vote in now.

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Perhaps you abhor the lines or don’t want the hassle of sign-toting supporters outside polling places. Whatever your reason, there is the option of early voting.

Plus, if you’ve dallied too long and have come to realize you are not registered to vote on Nov. 5, there is still an option for you. During this election year, you can still register to vote during early voting.

This municipal election poses to be interesting in several cities including Tryon where there is a contested mayoral race and multiple candidates for just a handful of council seats. The same rings true for the council seats in Saluda. A number of people have signed up to run because they feel they bring new skills to enhance their communities.

So, if you want to knock something off your likely long to-do list – vote early.

– Samantha Hurst, editor Tryon Daily Bulletin