For political junkies, like myself, this time of year is both exhilarating and exhausting. Election day offers the promise of new beginnings and an emotional roller coaster making its big last splash.
Of course, for many candidates, today’s results are just the beginning. They will continue to campaign through the heat into November. Others won’t be so lucky.
This is the nature of politics in America.
I know there are several contentious primary battles going on in Democratic Primaries across the state. While some of the rhetoric in those contests has been overheated at times, I hope that the folks on the losing side of the race will accept the decision of the people and get behind their Democratic nominee. That’s the way the process works folks, and in the end, if we want the state to move in our direction, that’s the way it HAS to work.
In any case, I hope everyone that reads this blog today will get out and vote. You may not think your voice can make a difference, but you’re wrong. The funny thing about voting is that if you don’t do it, you don’t know how much of an impact you could have had on the outcome until its too late.
People make all kinds of excuses not to vote. It takes too long, it’s too hot, you can’t make it to the polls in time. Etc., etc., etc.
The truth is, voting is relatively easy and there are protections in place to ensure that you are given ample opportunity to vote.
State law mandates that polls be open until 8pm in the eastern time zone and 7pm in the central time zone. Further the polls must be open at least 10 hours but not more than 13. In Shelby County the polls opened at 7am and will be open until 7pm. State law further states that if you are in line at the time the polls close, you are still allowed to vote.
Can’t get off work, well state law has a remedy for that too: (T.C.A 2-1-106) “Employees who begin their work day less than 3 hours after polls open and finish less than 3 hours before polls close are entitled to up to 3 hours paid leave to vote.”
No excuses folks. Don’t silence yourself. Get out there and make a difference.
Here, have a quick cup before you head out to the polls.
Ron Ramsey has lost his damn mind.
On an “unrelated to today’s election note”, some state Democrats should read this and this before releasing any hair-brained statements on the Prop 8 decision or the 14th Amendment in general. Just sayin’.
Go vote and be a part of making Tennessee and your community better!