By LaLeta McClure
Did you know that the Primary Election is May 6, 2014? We must be registered to vote by April 7, 2014. We can vote by going to the polls are by applying for an absentee ballot. The Allen County Election Board, which is now located at the Rousseau Centre, 1 E. Main Street, Suite 172, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 (260-449-7329) wants to know if we are “election ready”, and can answer all of your/our questions (www.allencounty.us/election-board).
Do you who know who the players (offices on the 2014 ballot) of the game are? Some of the elected officials that are on the ballot, which is up for term expiring are County Officials: Prosecuting Attorney 38th circuit (Karen E. Richards), Judge of the Circuit Court 38th circuit (Thomas J. Felts), and Judge of Superior Court Criminal Division (John F. Surbeck Jr.). That is just to name a few; there is also the State, City & Town, and the Federal Officials positions that are on the primary elected ballots. www.allencounty.us/images/stories/election_board/2014_Offices_on_Ballot_for_web.pdf
Kwanza Hall, Atlanta City Councilman for District 2 states “that the Primary Elections are our first opportunity to vote for a candidate before a general election”. Candidates and their respective parties are given an opportunity to present themselves, whether it is Republicans, Democrats or third party. This is when we the citizens have the first opportunity to vote on the candidate that we would like to see on the general election ballot. Considerations for choosing a candidate:
§ Issues that matters most to you
§ Quality of life and
§ Environment (www.video.about.com/uspolitics/What-Is-a-Primary-Election-.htm).
I have been guilty of not exercising this Civil Right to vote during the primary election. I
am also guilty of only voting during the general election, but now I am more aware and informed of the importance of this opportunity of my voice. So many Civil Rights Activists have fought and died for our right to vote and be heard. Our voice does make a difference; your voice makes a difference. So get up and get out and vote, this is your Civil Right to be heard and our voice does matter… Together we can make a difference.
Christina Winslow who ran for City Council (2013) in District 28 of Queens, New York stated that “if you don’t come out and vote; then things will not change”. In the words of Emmett Till’s mother Mamie Bradley; “what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all” (http://www.watson.org/~lisa/blackhistory/early-civilrights/emmett.html). Remember that GOD is good all the time and all the time GOD is good, keep your head up and GOD BLESS you…