From press & staff reports
One of the most precious aspects of voting is just how hard people before us have fought to protect it.
Think back to the early American patriots who stood up for the right to vote and literally gave their lives for that freedom.
Those times may seem like they are in the distant past, but there are still many countries in the world where voting is a point of cultural oppression.
You owe it to those who went before you to carry out your civic duty. The founding fathers believed that an informed electorate was necessary to maintain an effective society.
Winston County Circuit Clerk Kim Ming, reflects on the scores of American soldiers that past away fighting for the right and privilege that allows this country to practice democracy.
“People have died for our freedom to vote,” said Ming. “Respect that sacrifice and vote. Let them not have died in vain.”
She added that soldiers are still fighting for those precious freedoms each day.
In the initial stages of voting, it was a considered a privilege that citizens took seriously, and it’s something that many members of our military have fought hard to protect.
At the Winston County courthouse a War Memorial Monument list out names of those lost in several of those wars and a plaque in the courthouse near the circuit clerk’s office denotes the sacrifice of others, each of these should be an encouragement to every citizen to vote according to Ming.
“Your vote is your voice,” said Ming. “Please vote.”
Many states have leveraged the exercise of voting as an opportunity to honor our veterans. North Carolina, for example, successfully launched its program in time for the 2008 general election, and successfully honored more than 2,000 veterans.
Exercising your right to vote is the greatest way to honor our fallen soldiers, and you should take the opportunity to do so at the polls Nov. 8.