Last chance to be heard

by YES! Weekly staff

Well folks… this is it. This is your last chance to get involved in the municipal election process. Nov. 3 is the big day — that’s the first Tuesday in November, just like always.

We know that a lot of you didn’t take part in the municipal primaries in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, where 3.5 percent and 6 percent of registered voters, respectively, managed to exercise their constitutional right. And we’re not here to make you feel bad about that — quite the contrary, actually.

We understand. We understand that you’re frustrated by years — heck, generations — of choosing the lesser of two evils. We know that city council candidates don’t electrify in the way presidential candidates, or even national and state contenders do. We know you think it doesn’t matter who represents your district, and that it’s possible you don’t even know what district you live in.

But we’re advising you to let go of all that. All of it.

We’re here to say that municipal elections are the backbone of our democracy, that the decisions your city council make will affect your life in ways you never thought about.

You like having a police department? Having your garbage picked up? Do you own a business or a house? Do you drive a car?

Then the city council’s decisions touch your life. And you should know this: Not a lot of people participate in municipal elections. This means your vote counts way more than it did in 2008, when every stooge with a driver’s license waited in line to cast a vote.

So if you’ve got a beef with the city — say you don’t like the way tax dollars are spent or you think there should be more transparency and accountability or you don’t like the apartment complex they’re planning for your neighborhood or maybe you just don’t like somebody’s face.

On election day, you can make your voice heard.

We guarantee that you won’t have a long wait at the polls on Election Day. And we want you to know that you can go cast your vote right now… today… even though Nov. 3 may be almost a week away.

These days in North Carolina you can cast your vote whenever you want at the Guilford County Courthouse of the Forsyth County Government Center In fact, you can go down there and vote until 1 p.m. on Saturday even if you’re not registered to vote. That’s how Derwin Montgomery won Winston-Salem’s East Ward… in the primary, no less.

Or if you’re old school, like some of us, you can go down to your precinct on Nov. 3 and hit the touch screen, get your sticker that tells the world: I actually give a crap about my city.

You’ll be glad you did. And so will we.

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