Guest Editorial: Vote

Guest Editorial - Mark Wilder

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - One of my favorite quotes about the election process, "Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote."

According to Alabama's Secretary of State, in the 2006 primary election, 38% of Alabamians determined the Republican and Democratic nominees for the general election. That was better than the 2002 primary where only 35% voted.

Maybe we're on an upward trend.

You've witnessed the candidate's advertisements in the media. Now, go a step further. Seek out a variety of news sources about the candidates.

Look up their public records. Call their campaign headquarters and ask them questions. Talk to people whose opinions you respect. Do whatever you can to form an informed opinion.

Then, vote on Tuesday. Don't abdicate your future to 38% of your fellow Alabamians. They may not be as thoughtful or informed as you are.

And if you see what looks like voter fraud, call the Secretary of state's hotline 1-800-274-vote.

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