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The Covington News - - VETERAN’S DAY -

picked after a run-off from that elec­tion.

The choices we make Tues­day were de­ter­mined with just 43.18 per­cent of reg­is­tered New­ton County vot­ers showed up at the polls.

Now, with some com­plain­ing about the can­di­dates they have to choose from, we are not only on the path to far sur­pass those vot­ing num­bers.

After two weeks of early vot­ing, 22,051 have cast their vote in per­son and 1,577 mail-in bal­lots have been re­ceived at the New­ton County Board of Elec­tions.

That means 40.6 per­cent of ac­tive New­ton County vot­ers have done so.

De­spite the ap­a­thy for the can­di­dates who we have to choose from to run our coun­try and our county, our lo­cal po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment is more vo­cal, ro­bust, and heated than ever.

If you waited in one of those lines, you were likely sub­ject to a lot of dis­cus­sion from fel­low line-wait­ers about lo­cal and na­tional pol­i­tics.

You were prob­a­bly sub­ject to that dis­cus­sion at your church lunches, PTO meet­ings, and of­fice wa­ter cooler too.

Ap­a­thy looks dif­fer­ent in our com­mu­nity.

It is not ap­a­thy to vote. It is ap­a­thy about our elected of­fi­cials and our trust in gov­ern­ment.

Voter ap­a­thy may ex­ist for some can­di­da­cies, races, or ref­er­en­dums, but ev­ery­one in that line was pas­sion­ate about some­thing.

We say grab that pas­sion. If you are pas­sion­ate about a lo­cal can­di­date, stay with it. If your can­di­date wins, con­tinue to be in­volved in lo­cal gov­ern­ment by at­tend­ing meet­ings, vol­un­teer­ing to serve, work­ing with others for the com­mon vi­sion you share. If your can­di­date loses, con­tinue to be in­volved in the lo­cal work he or she does in order to con­tinue to serve this com­mu­nity, or get in­volved in lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

This year has brought out a lot of vot­ers with a de­sire to have their voices heard. That needs to be felt at the polls ev­ery year, New­ton County.

Just look at fans of the Chicago Cubs. They haven’t seen a cham­pion — some­one to be proud of — in 108 years.

Yet when the fi­nal out came early Thurs­day morn­ing, pas­sion erupted. It felt like the South­side of Chicago had changed for­ever.

That can hap­pen na­tion­ally and it started two weeks ago in New­ton County with vot­ers so ea­ger to cast their bal­lot they couldn’t wait for Nov. 8.

The dif­fer­ence is be­ing de­cided in our county, our state and our coun­try … now.

Whether dis­dain or pride is the driv­ing force, let’s con­tinue the pos­i­tive push in vot­ing.

Tues­day could see great vot­ing num­bers in New­ton County. And with a great num­ber of peo­ple ex­press­ing their right to vote, comes rep­re­sen­ta­tion for the peo­ple, elected by the peo­ple.

That is some­thing not to be ap­a­thetic for but rather be proud of.

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