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April 24, 2014

Editorial: Do your civic duty, make your voice heard

When you celebrated your 18th birthday, you were afforded a set of rights guaranteed to every of-age citizen of our country.

In addition to being eligible to serve in the nation’s armed forces, you were granted the privilege of voting, giving you a voice in how our country, state, county and cities are operated.

It’s time more of us used that voice. And not just in high-profile elections.

Early voting for May primaries got underway on April 8 at the Madison County Voter Registration Office. On the second floor of the Madison County Government Center at 16 E. Ninth St., voters can cast early ballots from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on any day the center is open. There are special hours for early voting this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on May 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on May 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Turnout for early voting has been low — lower than even local Democratic and Republican party officials expected.

Perhaps we’re all waiting for more information on the primary candidates. In that case, voters would do well to read The Herald Bulletin’s series on the primary races, appearing each day on the front page and available at heraldbulletin.com. Voters also should do their own research by utilizing online sources or attending candidate forums.

Maybe we’re all waiting to go to the polls on May 6. There is a certain patriotic thrill in heading out to the polls en masse and earning your “I Voted” sticker. There’s truly nothing more American than performing this civic duty.

Or perhaps it’s a more disturbing issue. Frustration — or worse yet, apathy — over national concerns such as the economy, health care or social issues has voters disinterested in participating in the political process.

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