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Vote, it’s worth the wait

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The Bryan County Election Board has a Facebook page on which visitors can leave reviews, as if they are talking about a restaurant or car dealership. One recent review is from a person who was upset over the time it took to cast an early vote in the 2018 midterm election.

We don’t think a reasonable wait is necessarily a bad thing. We think it’s a wonderful sign that people are awake this time around. According to Kim Norris, the Bryan County Election Board Secretary, this is one of the most heavily attended midterm elections she has seen so far. Some voters were so irritated over the 30-minute wait that a bailiff walked through the Election Board’s office. Let that sink in, people were upset over the waiting time to vote.

Nothing got out of hand and as of this writing there was no trouble. But there was a line of people who wanted to vote, and they had to wait. The folks who got upset were caught off guard by a line at the polling place. After all, this is a midterm election. There’s not supposed to be that much interest. Only the true believers come out for these non-presidential contests. But this time it’s different. At the center of this all is, of course, is President Donald Trump.

Between the Democrat’s almost maniacal hatred for the man and his penchant for poking his critics with the sharpened stick that is Twitter, interest in this race is amazingly high. Norris reports requests for absentee ballots were much higher than they were for the same election four years ago. Democrats want to take congress and Republicans want to hold it and we get to decide who wins.

And it’s not just the governor’s office or congressional seats we must be concerned about. Twelve judges in three courts will either be fired or rehired by the people These are folks who could potentially rule on legal matters that would impact our lives in a wide variety of ways. Do you really want to let that decision be made by others without your input?

This is delicious. Wouldn’t it be great if every election was like this?

Polls will be open for the last day of early voting today, Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then on Tuesday polling places around the county will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. We say keep the momentum going. There is still time to get prepared.

The Democrat [our paper, not the political party] has run profiles of candidates and information on the state questions. There are literally hundreds of sites on the Internet run by candidates, political parties, pundits and all manner of bloggers and opinion writers that will provide information from all different perspectives. There is no reason a competent voter can’t walk into the voting booth armed with the information he or she needs to cast an intelligent vote.

If you haven’t voted, commit to doing it. Be ready to stand in line if necessary. Put on your happy face, make small talk with your fellow voters, take a book and a comfortable chair if you have to, but go vote.

The futures of the United States and the state of Oklahoma are literally at stake.

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