Editorial: Don't let others decide for you, vote!

Posted November 3, 2017 5:00 a.m. EDT
Updated November 3, 2017 6:00 a.m. EDT

CBC Editorial: Friday, Nov. 3, 2017; Editorial # 8232
The following is the opinion of Capitol Broadcasting Company

“Americans are sharply divided.” It is the mantra these days from the nation’s political commentators and talking heads.

The reality is just the opposite. The vast majority of North Carolinians and Americans are united in apathy.

Last month 85 percent of Raleigh’s registered voters were united in avoiding the polls for the primary election for mayor.

A month earlier, 92 percent of Charlotte’s voters failed to participate in that city’s mayoral primary. Just 21,850 voters out of 544,908 – 4 percent – decided for all of the city to oust incumbent Mayor Jennifer Roberts. Is it true that 96 percent of Charlotte’s voters had no opinion or didn’t care whether she continued in office; about how she did her job; whether she needed to be replaced?

Elections matter. Just ask Jennifer Roberts.

Early voting for local elections around North Carolina is going on today and Saturday. It is easy to find early voting sites by just going online here. If you’re not signed up already, there’s same-day registration and voting is an easy way to exercise your rights. Information about that is available here.

Election Day is Tuesday. Polling places for local elections will be open around the state and information about voting and polling places is available here.

In Raleigh, voters will be picking their mayor. We’ve stated our preference and urge voters to re-elect Nancy McFarlane, who has the vision and achievements that have earned her another term to continue the important objectives the city is working toward.

If you want to hear more about McFarlane’s vision, and the views of her opponent Charles Francis, the two are the guests of Anchor David Crabtree on WRAL-TV’s “On the Record,” broadcast at 7 tonight.

Rest assured, voters WILL determine next week who will lead North Carolina’s local governments. None of us need to, or should, cede that decision to anyone else – especially someone with whom we might disagree.

Get out and vote, make voting count even more by taking someone with you. Voting is the only way to get the kind of government you want.

Don’t vote? Don’t complain.

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