Find more productive way while wounds heal …
The voting machines have been put away for another two years and the ballots have been counted. Some candidates are celebrating victory while others may be scratching their heads, wondering what happened.
And, thank goodness, those political commercials, none of which I approved, have been put to rest.
Voter turnout last week was phenomenal in comparison to recent years, when about 62 percent of you registered voters in Harrison County exercised your right to vote. While a presidential election almost always brings about a high voter turnout, you didn’t let the rain keep you from voicing your preferences about whom you wanted to lead us in the next four years.
The most important race to you appeared to be that of our President and Vice President. A whopping 99 percent of you who voted cast a vote for one of the three party candidates and a few of you (29) wrote in your own candidate of choice.
Following that were three races with 98.4 percent voters indicating their choice: the U.S. Senate seat, Indiana Ninth Congressional District seat and the governor’s race.
The county races receiving the most attention, according to voter response, was for recorder (95.9 percent), the District 2 commissioner’s seat (95.5 percent), the circuit court clerk (95.3 percent), and District 1 commissioner (95 percent).
Come Jan. 1, two more county offices will be run by Republicans. One of them, circuit court clerk, hasn’t been run by the GOP since 1952.
Does this mean the county’s political lines, once staunchly Democratic, are swinging to the right? Possibly, as the number of Republican voters increase and as some long-time Democrats tire of their candidates’ decision-making. (In last week’s election, 3,412 straight-party ticket ballots were cast for the Republicans, compared to 2,489 for the Democrats.)
There has been a steady increase in the number of Republicans in this county for the past several years, a fact many Democrats have ignored.
Emotions seemed to run higher than usual during this election, on all levels, with many important issues being debated (or supposedly being debated), including the war in Iraqi, health care, stem cell research, same-sex marriages, jobs, the economy, and, locally, a new facility for Harrison County Hospital.
Now it’s time to put this year’s campaign behind us, let any wounds we might have heal and begin to work together for the common good of this great country, state and county.
We know you care. You proved that last week by going to the polls. Your concerns aren’t going to go away overnight, but it’s now time to put your differences aside and let our elected officials do their job. If there are issues you feel strongly about, find positive ways to voice your opinion. If you want something changed, back up your ideas/suggestions with facts to support those changes. Volunteer to help when you can, regardless of political affiliation. You might just discover that those you thought were different are working on similar goals; they’re just taking an alternate route to get there.