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Elections allow you to exercise one of your most important rights

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We thank Helen Blocker-Adams for submitting a notarized affidavit Monday to withdraw officially from the Augusta mayor’s race.

She suspended her campaign Thursday in the wake of unfolding news about her troubled finances. Her official withdrawal defuses what could have been an awkward election outcome.

Now that Ms. Blocker-Adams has done the right thing, we ask citizens to do the right thing, too.

Please vote today.

By casting your ballot, you’re actually accomplishing several things at once. You’re not just picking a new set of community leaders. You’re determining how your tax money is spent. You’re helping chart your community’s future. You’re upholding the democratic principles of our constitutional republic.

Voting is that important.

One of America’s enduring ironies is that the same freedom that grants you the power to vote also gives you the freedom not to vote. That puts the United States on the low end of voter participation when compared with the rest of the world’s nations. Part of that is because many countries make voting compulsory; Belgium introduced the practice in 1892.

But forcing you to vote is flatly inconsistent with the freedom we associate with America. Instead, Americans are left to realize for themselves that voting is one of the most empowering acts they can perform as citizens.

Your ballot can help decide whether Augusta’s government can use a 1-cent special purpose local option sales tax to fund nearly $200 million in local improvements.

Your ballot can help choose Augusta’s next mayor, and a slate of city commissioners. You can choose who speaks for you in Congress, and who represents your best interests in several state offices.

Also, depending on where you vote and for which party, there are lists of yes-or-no questions for you to answer. The votes aren’t binding, but it takes the temperature of the electorate on a number of issues, such as whether citizens want to see a rise in the minimum wage, or an abolishment of the state income tax, or legalized medical marijuana.

Every vote counts. Your vote counts. Make it count today, and you can say with confidence that you made a difference.

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Riverman1 05/20/14 - 12:32 am
Electile Dysfunction

The early votes for HBA now won't count. The net effect will be to lower the number of votes Davis needs to garner 51%. I also predict SPLOST passes. There's enough pork in it to flavor a pot of collard greens at the Golden Harvest Soup Kitchen. What a crazy election this is.

jimmymac 05/20/14 - 11:03 am

Dems never saw a tax they didn't like and you can bet that there will be more in the future. Augusta's citizens better hold onto their wallets with both hands.

Darby 05/20/14 - 12:06 pm
"I also predict SPLOST passes."

Maybe, but I won't carry any of the burden of shame for that one. If there are enough people out there dumb enough to give the Commission that kind of power, they deserve what they get.

Trouble is, people with good sense will suffer too.

prov227 05/20/14 - 05:47 pm
The problem is ...

that the candidates for mayor aren't worthy of the voters' attention. The office should have its base salary reduced. But, yes, definitely vote down SPLOST, unless you have fun raising your tax at the ballot.

Riverman1 05/20/14 - 05:51 pm
Mayor's Salary Going UP, UP, UP

Ha, about reducing the Mayor's salary. It's about to go much, much higher.

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