Why did 92 percent of the Horry County voters decide not to vote?
On March 12 an election for the Horry County Council chairman position was held. Now, do people in Horry County realize the importance of the County Council to their way of life? I guess not since less than 8 percent of eligible voters made it to the polls.
How can County Council affect every Horry County citizen? How about increasing taxes, adjusting assessments, adding more regulations, including environmental, rezoning and a slew of other items which can negatively affect your life unless the right individuals are voted onto the council, especially the chairman. The chairman can add or eliminate topics from the meeting agendas, so this individual is very powerful.
Our Founding Fathers, along with many other patriots, fought and died to create our country, a country where rights of the individual were established in its Constitution, one of them being the right to vote.
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Amendment XV, Section 1 to our U.S. Constitution. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude.
It appears from this last election that just over 92 percent of our citizens chose to give up their right to vote. Why? Were they a little too busy? Doesn’t matter who gets in, they’re all the same? What election?
Well, you got one more shot at it. On March 26 there will be a runoff election between Al Allen and Mark Lazarus. For those who want to know more about these men before voting, Al Allen’s website is alallen.com. Lazarus’ site is lazarusforchair.com. You can Google to get more information on both men, as well as visit the South Carolina State Ethics Commission to view who contributed to each candidate at ethics.sc.gov.
Let’s show our children, our grandchildren and our neighbors that we still value our Constitution and get out and vote on March 26.
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.