It is time again to cast your ballot in a fall General Election.
The most important reason to go to the polls and cast your ballot is this: your vote matters.
Don’t think one vote makes a difference? Go back no farther than the 2009 general election. That was the year a mere nine votes separated Janet Wyse and Roel Galvan in the Archbold Area School Board race. Both were incumbents. Wyse was returned to the school board; Galvan was not.
Ten more Galvan voters, and the results would have reversed.
Another race of interest that year was for Ridgeville Township Trustee in Henry County. Bruce Hesterman and Larry Wendt were tied, at 223 votes each. The race was decided by a coin toss. One single voter, just one, could have decided the race.
Today, it’s easier than ever to vote. Don’t want to go to the polls? Stop by the Board of Elections office, at 525 N. Shoop Ave., Wauseon, in Fulton County, or 1827 Oakwood Ave., Napoleon, in Henry County, and vote early.
Voter turnout has been lackluster. That’s shameful, as Americans have died in battle to defend the freedom to vote. Exercise your freedom. Vote.