The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

November 5, 2012

Cast your ballot in today's election

ENID, Okla. — If the early voting lines at the Garfield County Election Board are any indication, interest is sky high in this year’s election.

Roy Schneider, Garfield County Election Board secretary, said people started lining up an hour early to cast ballots on Friday. Lines were winding to the front door at noon Monday.

With Election Day starting at 7 a.m. today, those lines figure to lengthen until polls close at 7 p.m.

In the 2008 race between Barack Obama and John McCain, 61.6 percent of eligible voters participated. In 2012, “Superstorm” Sandy’s winds may be blowing uncertainty through the U.S. presidential race, according to Reuters.

“It’s a possibility that we’ll see significant drops in turnout in some of these densely populated areas,” George Mason University professor Michael MacDonald, a voter turnout expert, told Reuters. “The effects could be quite dramatic in terms of the popular vote.”

The outcome will be interesting for this important election.

Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of Gallup, suggested we could be headed for a split with Mitt Romney winning the popular vote and Obama claiming the electoral college — and the election.

Karl Rove claims the numbers favor Romney, but other Republicans are blaming Sandy for causing the GOP candidate to lose momentum.

In northwest Oklahoma, we have no excuse not to vote in this year’s election.

In the congressional race for 3rd District House of Representatives, incumbent Republican Frank Lucas faces Democrat Timothy Ray Murray and Independent William M. Sanders.

Also on the ballot is retention for Oklahoma Supreme Court justices and six state questions.

However, besides some other area contests, the presidential race is the big draw this year.

Don’t forget to vote. Part of our responsibility for inheriting freedom is to be part of the process that governs us.

Our republic will fall apart if apathy runs rampant. Put your money where your mouth is. If you don’t vote, you don’t have a right to complain.

You may not correctly pick the 2013 resident of the Oval Office, but at least you’ll get an oval sticker with the words “I Voted” next to a red-white-and-blue flag. What’s more American than that?

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