What’s your plan to vote?

Don’t tell me you’re not voting in our municipal election this year. That won’t do.

All elections are important, but county and municipal elections are, in my opinion, the most important elections we have in this country because they affect us here, where we live. In communities as small as Ramseur, every vote really does count, more than any other elections. I’ve seen elections here turn on less than three votes more than once.

Early voting in Randolph County began yesterday at the county Board of Elections office located at 1457 North Fayetteville Street in Asheboro, and as of tonight, 140 people have voted across the county in all elections combined.

Voting opportunities will resume Monday, October 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or later each business day of the week for two weeks, ending with Saturday hours from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on November 4 . Click the calendar above for more details.

If you don’t find a convenient time to vote early, you will have one more opportunity on election day, November 7 at SE Middle School on Foushee Road.

You will need a photo ID to vote this year, so be sure to take that with you, and if you aren’t already registered you can still do so at the Board of Elections office during the early voting period, but in addition to your driver’s license or other photo ID you will also need to have some other proof of residency such as a utility bill or paycheck stub.

Of course, I hope you’ll cast your votes for me, Jay Hubbard, for commissioner, and Vicki Caudle for mayor because backward is never the way forward, but no matter what choices you make in the booth, please vote!

If you haven’t already you’ll probably be hearing a lot of things from several of the commissioners, about both me and Mayor Caudle. Please, hear them out, but also keep in mind that two of them – Commissioners Brower and Kearns, have been caught making false statements, and all of the board members knew they were false at the time of each incident. You should be skeptical of anything they have to say about any candidate for either office, good or bad. When someone tells you who they are, you should believe them the first time.

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 21, our fall festival, A Day On Main Street, will celebrate 35 years. Mayor Caudle will not be able to attend because her granddaughter had the audacity to be born the same day, or close enough, and live far enough away that her grandma has to travel several hours to be with her to celebrate.

My own granddaughters and their parents are coming to visit us tomorrow afternoon as well, so I will likely be spending a little time on Main Street tomorrow morning. I’ll be the man with dark hair and a grey beard wearing a black Ramseur Watchdog t-shirt. I’ll hang around as long as I can, and I look forward to visiting with anyone who would like to chat.

After that, I may come back to my house on Church Street and hang out in the yard. I’ll have signs available there, and who knows, I might even haul some of my artwork out of the attic. No promises on that.

There’s been a free shuttle bus that travels between the festival and First Christian Church for the past few years. If that’s happening again this year it’s a convenient walk from the shuttle parking lot down Church Street to my house.

See you in the streets.