It’s finally here. Tuesday is Election Day. We urge people who didn’t take advantage of early voting to get to the polls and make their voices heard.
Voters across the nation will head to the polls and select our nation’s top executive. In addition to the presidential contest, New Mexico voters have a long list of races to consider. We’ll be selecting a new U.S. senator, voting for U.S. House candidates and seats in the state Legislature. Voters will also weigh in on judges for the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals as well as deciding whether or not to retain some of the judges already on the bench. There will also be county commission seats to consider.
Don’t forget the items down lower on the ballot, there are some important decisions to make there too. Our state has five constitutional amendments up for approval as well as three bond issues which would fund projects across New Mexico. That’s a lot of decisions to make, but voting is a privilege which needs to be taken seriously.
Around the world — throughout history and up to the present day — there are people who have absolutely no say regarding the leadership of their governments. We are blessed to live in a time and place which allows the citizenry to elect its leadership. This is a right our forefathers paid dearly to establish, and retain, and should not be taken for granted.
At the heart of our nation’s founding principles was the recognition of equality. The definition of equality has changed as our country has evolved, and at long last we truly live in a land where all citizens have an equal say when it comes to selecting our leaders.
Of all our liberties guaranteed by the Constitution, it is our right to vote which best defines the soul of our country. Each of us enters the voting booth as the equal of every other citizen in this remarkable nation. Wealth doesn’t matter. Age doesn’t matter. Gender, skin color, ethnicity and religion are irrelevant. Our ballots all carry equal weight.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Find the time to participate in the democratic process and exercise your right to vote.