Early voting across the state wrapped up Friday afternoon, but voters will still have Tuesday to cast a ballot in the primary election. And we hope they will — if they haven’t already.
Some may feel that voting in a primary election isn’t as important as voting in a general election, but that simply isn’t the case and especially this year in Bryan County, where there are four local contested races on the Republican ballot. Normally, a primary election is the opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to choose the names they want on the November ballot in the general election. But in largely Republican Bryan County — reaffirmed by the lack of county Democratic candidates on that party’s primary ballot — Tuesday’s winners in the races for sheriff, District 3 county commissioner, tax commissioner and clerk of superior court will most likely be the winners in November. Barring a last-minute independent candidate being added to the ballot, which is no easy feat, Tuesday’s winners will go unchallenged in the general election.
Also on the ballot is a referendum on TSPLOST, or penny sales tax for transportation. No matter what side of the issue you come down on, voting means you took the time to help decide an important issue.
So if you weren’t able to vote anytime in the last three weeks, please make a point to do so Tuesday. Your vote is just as important now as it will be in November.