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Posted: October 28, 2010 6:46 p.m.
Updated: October 29, 2010 5:00 a.m.

We suppose writing editorials about voting can be a recitation of clichés – “the most basic right of Americans,” “the cornerstone of democracy,” those kinds of things. But however hackneyed they might sound, they’re true. Never was the power of the vote more evident than two years ago when Barack Obama energized the American electorate as it had not been energized in years. Obama rushed to a landslide win by exciting people about the prospects of changing America in a positive way. Now, if we are to believe polls showing a sizeable Republican win next Tuesday, Americans are saying they’re ready for another change. But polls have been wrong before; as Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

Obama supporters will say that he hasn’t had time to achieve his agenda and that Republicans in Congress are being obstructionist. His detractors will say that he’s taken the United States to the brink of socialism and is out of touch with the people of this country. Whichever camp you might fall into -- or whether you’re somewhere in the middle -- we hope you’ll go to the ballot box on Tuesday and have your say. For while it might sound a bit shopworn, this basic fact is true: every American has an equal say in electing our officials.

There are important local, statewide and regional races on the ballot. What direction will the city of Camden take? In an increasingly Republican Kershaw County, will longtime Democratic officeholders retain their positions? Can Mick Mulvaney unseat entrenched Congressman John Spratt? Will a Camden resident be elected governor?

The bottom line is that voting is not only a privilege but a responsibility. We hope there will be a record turnout on Tuesday as Kershaw County residents let their voices be heard in the most representative way possible.


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