Well, Osceola County, the primary election is complete. Did you vote? According to the Osceola County Supervisor’s Of Election office, of the 183,586 registered voters, only 38,341 ballots were cast or 20.83 percent.
Now, that’s a step up from the 13.02 percent who voted in the 2014 primary election, but we can do better.
There is really no reason not to vote. The Supervisor of Elections Office has made it really easy for registered voters to participate.
It is not necessary to take time off from work, or to stand in election day lines. You can go to the Elections Office website at www.voteosceola.com and request an absentee ballot by downloading a request form and then either mail it or fax it to the office.
You can drop by the Elections Office and pick up a Vote By Mail Ballot, which are typically available 28 to 35 days prior to an election. You can then take it home with you and complete it at your convenience.
If you choose to go to a polling site, you don’t have to wait until the Nov. 8 General Election. You can take advantage of early voting. The Supervisor of Elections will designate early voting sites 30 days prior to an election.
Early voting will be offered at the main or branch offices of the Supervisor of Elections. The early voting dates and times will be determined by legislation.
If you were paying attention to the outcome of the Aug. 30 primary, there were some interesting outcomes because voters who did cast ballots made their voices heard.
Two-time incumbent Mike Harford lost his re-election Osceola County Commission bid to newcomer Peggy Choudhry by a large margin.
In one of the most heated races, Kissimmee mayoral candidates Art Otero and Jose Alvarez will go head to head in a runoff election.
And Orange-Osceola County State Attorney Jeff Ashton lost in an upset to challenger Aramis Ayala.
For those who didn’t vote, would their ballots have made a difference? Possibly.
Now one of the biggest presidential showdowns in years is approaching in the General Election – Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump.
If you don’t vote, and the candidate you supported didn’t win – don’t complain.
Instead, do your civic duty Osceola County residents and vote.