Cov­ing­ton coun­cil en­cour­ages voter par­tic­i­pa­tion in upcoming elec­tion

The Covington News - - LOCAL - Jackie Gutknecht JGUTKNECHT@cov­news.com

Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil mem­bers took time dur­ing Mon­day night’s meet­ing to en­cour­age res­i­dents to par­tic­i­pate in the upcoming Nov. 7 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions.

Coun­cil­man Chris Smith en­cour­aged res­i­dents to get in­formed about each can­di­date by at­tend­ing a special can­di­date fo­rum Thurs­day, Oct. 12 at the His­toric New­ton County Court­house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The fo­rum will in­clude can­di­dates from all of the con­tested elec­tions in New­ton County, he said.

Coun­cil­man Kenneth Mor­gan said it is a ci­ti­zen’s right to par­tic­i­pate in the elec­tion.

“I just want to re­mind ev­ery­body it’s an elec­tion year,” he said. “I al­ways want to en­cour­age ev­ery­body to go out and vote and ex­er­cise the right and priv­i­lege that you have to vote. A lot of peo­ple lost their lives for us to have an op­por­tu­nity to be a part of what goes on in Amer­ica so I en­cour­age ev­ery­body to go out.

“It’s the demo­cratic process, so go out and vote.”

Coun­cil­man Josh McKelvey echoed what the other coun­cilmem­bers had said.

“Make sure when you go out and vote you just don’t vote be­cause some­one told you to. Do your re­search, get ed­u­cated and don’t do it in vain or take ad­van­tage of it,” he said.

He also en­cour­aged con­tin­ued ci­vil­ity through­out the elec­tion cy­cle.

“Y’all keep it civil dur­ing this elec­tion,” he said. “It’s go­ing to tear our town apart if we keep go­ing at each other be­ing nasty and dirty and threat­en­ing busi­ness own­ers and in­tim­i­dat­ing peo­ple. It’s below board and let’s do right by Cov­ing­ton and just stick to­gether dur­ing this elec­tion.”

Coun­cil­man Michael What­ley and Coun­cil­woman Ocie Franklin, who is run­ning for re­elec­tion, con­tin­ued to em­pha­size the right to vote.

“I do want ev­ery­body to get out and par­tic­i­pate in the elec­tion,” What­ley said. “It’s a right but it’s a duty. If you’re go­ing to com­plain about some­thing, be a part of the solution in­stead of part of the prob­lem.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Ge­or­gia Sec­re­tary of State’s web­site, voter reg­is­tra­tion for the Nov. 7 elec­tion ends Oct. 10 and early vot­ing be­gins Oct. 16.

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