We won’t tell you in this space who to vote for on Tuesday when you go to your polling place. There has been enough high-pitched shrillness during this election cycle to last a lifetime. And, like noses on faces, everyone has an opinion on who you should cast your ballot for.
What we will tell you is, if you’re registered to vote, you owe it to yourself, your family, your friends and neighbors to cast a vote for someone. The election results in this year’s three biggest North Carolina races – president, governor and U.S. Senator – are likely to lead to fairly significant divisions no matter who wins which office.
But when voter turnout is high, the chances are greater that the person who best represents the most people will win the election. There will be winners and losers in each of these elections, not just among the candidates, but among voters as well. Those who cast a vote for the losing candidate are likely to feel disenfranchised by a government that grows far more distant from the governed every day.
If that has to happen – and we wish it didn’t – it’s best if the fewest number of people are inconvenienced. A winning candidate who really represents the majority of the electorate, and not just the majority of those who voted, will most likely be a more effective leader.
But it all starts with voters at the ballot box. Make sure you are one of those people. Don’t sit on the sidelines.