Make your voice heard in the May 6 election

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If you haven’t already cast your ballot for the May 6 primary election, make sure you get out and vote Tuesday on Election Day.

Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., which gives voters 13 hours to make it to the polls. There’s no excuse not to do so. The right to vote is a privilege and a responsibility that should not be squandered. Don’t sit back and let others decide who your elected officials will be. Make your voice heard.

There are a number of important races on the ballot for Tuesday’s primary elections. The sheriff’s races for Nash and Edgecombe counties both have Democratic primaries.

Two Democrats – Erica Smith-Ingram and Alan Mizelle – are challenging N.C. Sen. Clark Jenkins, D-Edgecombe, for the District 3 seat in the N.C. Senate.

Meanwhile, four Democrats from Edgecombe County – Bronson Williams of Rocky Mount, Shelly Willingham of Rocky Mount, Taro Knight of Tarboro and R.B. ‘Rusty’ Holderness of Tarboro – are competing to take over the N.C. House District 23 seat.

Brent Shypulefski of Rocky Mount is running against Arthur Rich of Garland in the Republican primary for the District 1 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Those are just a few of the races on the ballot. It’s great to see so many candidates emerge from the Twin Counties for those races. 
It’s important to remember that people who are registered with a political party can only vote in the primary of the party with which they are affiliated. Unaffiliated voters can chose in which party primary they vote. Don’t miss this opportunity to make your voice heard and influence who will represent you in office. If you don’t cast a vote, you have no right to complain about the outcome.