Hopefully, the election is over as you read this. There is a strong possibility that it’s not. Yes, I’m talking about the U.S. presidential election.
As with all elections there are possibilities of runoffs. That could happen locally with Farmerville’s mayor’s race, several alderman races, even constable.
There could even be runoffs at the state level. Several state congressional seats could be in the same situation. Despite there being more than
Despite there being more than two official candidates for the presidency, it’s still down to just two. Depending on how the vote turns out, there’s a chance a winner may not be made official for several days, weeks or even months. Yes, that’s a real possibility.
What is our responsibility now? What do we do no matter the results?
Well, in my opinion, if you’re an adult, you act like an adult. When a candidate is deemed a winner you figure out what you can do to support that winner. That’s right, you should support the winner. At the end of the day we want our community, town, parish, state, region and country to be the best it can be and we want to share in that success.
To that end, figure out what role you play in making our world a better place to live. Remember, it’s not just about you. We all have friends, family, kids, grandkids and, hopefully, many generations to leave this world, no matter how small, to.
Here’s the point, do your part. Our greatest strength as Americans is the vote. It’s how we make sure Abe Lincoln’s “government of the people, by the people, for the people” holds true.
Let’s assume you made your way to the polls Tuesday (or during early voting or mailed it in) and pulled the lever for your candidate choices. In Louisiana turnout in the 2016 presidential election which President Trump won was more than 67%. But it was also more than 67% in 2012 and 2008 and 66.9% in 2004. Those statements should make us sad. Less than seven of 10 voters exercised their right, their privilege and their duty to vote for the leader of our country.
You may think those are good numbers, but I wonder what we could do with seven, eight, nine or even 10 of 10. If there are runoffs in your area, get out and participate. Offer to take others in your area to the polls. Help someone else help our communities.
Remember, vote, support the vote, support your community, support America.