Local voting increases again

Voting. It’s what democracy is built upon. It’s the core of American values.

Without it Americans would never be heard. Our forefathers created voting to ensure the elite would not rule.

Voting drives this country, whether people believe it or not. Nationally, the American people turned out in numbers and the end result was President-Elect Barack Obama.

In Leon county, voters made sure their voices were heard.

The Tallahassee Democrat reported that 85 percent of voters in the county went to the polls this election season, and younger voters came out early, totaling 25 percent of the vote.

In surrounding counties like Jefferson and Gadsden, the total amount of voters reached over 70 percent.

But locally voters came out in an effort to make sure the right candidates were picked.

The notion that votes do not matter, and do not count, has been overruled.

In Leon county, tight races hit headlines and proved that every vote is valuable.

The fight for Leon county commissioner between Democratic candidate Akin Akinyemi and Republican candidate Ed DePuy, underscored that point.

In that race, there was a difference of 7 percent between the number of votes.

And even the race between Democrat Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and Republican Peter Boulware, may have to be recounted for the district 9 position which reflects the importance of taking action.

Congratulations to Leon county voters and the American people for not believing “there’s no point in voting,” there is power in voting.

A’sia Horne-Smith for the editorial board.