Well Shelby County, you did it. You turned out to vote.
Once the election results are certified on Nov. 21, the turnout is expected to be over 90 percent. That is just incredible. Democracy doesn’t work without you taking the time to vote. I am pleasantly surprised in the people of this county.
As I have said in my previous columns about voting, I am not a fan of the person you have chosen to be the president, I won’t ever hide that, but my heart is so happy you voted it’s hard for me to focus on the terror and doom that is about to effect many people in this great country.
At least in Shelby County we can say democracy worked like it was supposed to. We can hold our heads up, no matter who we voted for, and know we were a part of a great freedom we have as citizens of the United States of America.
While the reports of national voter turnout numbers are a mixed bag, it appears maybe less people voted in this election than in 2012.
I think a main reason for this is some people simply didn’t vote because they were so unhappy with their choices. I personally was more upset the other candidate won, than that my candidate lost. Which probably isn’t a great thought to be stuck with.
I was one of many, many people who cried all night Tuesday into Wednesday, and a whole lot more Wednesday morning, because we’re scared of what might happen to some of the people in this country. As someone who only wants to see happiness in the world and tries to bring smiles to faces everyday, I am filled with a little sadness.
But one thing is for sure, as Bob Dylan said in 1964, “The Times They Are a-Changin’”
We can only hope those changes positively effect the entire country.
Staff writer Alexandra Newman contributes columns to the paper when she isn’t busy chasing down regular news stories, napping, or eating large quantities of ice cream. You can contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 937-538-4825.
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