Voting is a privilege

By Jakob Miller
Times-News correspondent 

   One of the most sacred duties of American citizens is to vote.
This year, North Carolina voters will have their say on significant amendments to the state constitution, as well as a pivotal Supreme Court seat and three Court of Appeals seats in addition to the elections for U.S. House of Representatives, the state legislature, and local elections.
This year, elections for the Supreme Court have been made partisan for the first time in over a decade. Incumbent Justice Barbara Jackson, first elected in 2011 is running as a Republican. Jackson has stressed her extensive judicial experience during the campaign. Attorney Chris Anglin, also running as a Republican has emphasized the importance of judicial independence. Attorney Anita Earls, the only Democrat in the race, has highlighted her commitment to equal protection under the law.
   Amendments on the ballot tomorrow are wide-ranging and involve crucial issues. They include the right to hunt and fish, changes to the current victim’s rights amendment, a cap on the state income tax, requiring Photo ID to vote, power of the legislature to control judicial appointments rather than the governor, as well as changes to the way membership of the State Ethics and Elections Board is determined.
On election night, races to watch include the ones above, as well as elections to represent North Carolina’s 2nd, 9th, and 13th Congressional districts which are considered to be competitive and could determine which party controls congress come January.
All North Carolina voters have a responsibility to learn about the candidates and issues on the ballot, and contribute their perspective on them to our great state tomorrow.

Jakob S. Miller is a senior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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