Voting is cornerstone to our democracy; get registered to vote

Published 10:43 am Thursday, November 5, 2015

Election night is fun for lots of us for many reasons.

We get to learn the results of races whose contestants we’ve heard try to sell us on voting for them for months.

It’s fun following election results online, particularly for close races, through the night until all votes are counted.

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It’s fun watching the voting preferences of residents of different precincts in our community.

Mostly, it’s fun watching our democratic process in action.

John Arnold was re-elected as District 1 Warren County supervisor over challenger Ed Herring by a total of 58 votes.

Other races weren’t so close. Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace won election to his sixth term in office by an almost four-to-one margin.

Ben Luckett defeated one-term Warren County Tax Assessor Angela Brown by more than 1,600 votes.

While the majority of Warren County voters cast ballots to approve constitutional initiative 42, which would have forced the Mississippi legislature to better fund public education, the initiative was defeated statewide.

It takes lots of work by lots of people to make our elections happen, and we thank all of those in the office of Warren County Circuit Clerk Jan Daigre and all on the county’s election commission, as well as faithful poll workers.

On Tuesday, 41.5 percent of Warren County’s 27,399 registered voters went to the polls and cast ballots.

If you aren’t registered to vote, please consider visiting the circuit clerk’s office at the Warren County Courthouse and getting registered. Next November, Americans will go to the polls and choose a new president, among a number of other important positions.

Every single vote truly does count. Our ballot is our voice. It’s the cornerstone of our democracy. Let’s not give up our voice. Be heard by casting your ballot.