Early voting ends at 5 p.m. Monday at the Jefferson County Courthouse.
But if you are like us, you like to participate in the process on Election Day, which is Tuesday. Polls will be open that day from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at various sites throughout the county. If you are unsure where yours is, please check with the county clerk.
Whether you vote Monday or Tuesday, please get out and vote. These words cannot be said enough, for your vote is your say-so in our democracy.
This mid-term primary election has many important local seats up for grabs, including the county sheriff, judge and several Pine Bluff City Council slots. We interviewed most of the candidates a few weeks ago for a special section, and we have to admit that we were very impressed.
This crop of candidates could be one of the best that we have seen in quite some time in Jefferson County. During our interviews with the candidates, we had told them we would be making endorsements in various races.
After some heavy thought, we decided that wouldn’t be the best choice for us or the community right now. You see, we feel that, in most races, voters will get an excellent public servant in whomever they choose.
That’s one thing that makes our community so great: We have a lot of people who truly care. Additionally, we did not want to be seen as divisive or biased in our coverage at a time when we are all working together to make a better Pine Bluff.
While the words that appear on editorial pages are opinions, sometimes — as during elections — they can get misunderstood and lead some to believe that coverage is skewed.
That, of course, is not true — at least at most reputable news organizations. Still, we believe that not endorsing a particular candidate is the right thing to do.
Rest assured, however, that if an elected official is doing something we believe is wrong or makes a decision we don’t feel is best for our community, we will call them out on it right here in this space as we have in the past.
Voters, it’s up to you to make your decision at the polls, and we have the utmost confidence in you to do so. We trust that you have informed yourselves and will do the right thing. Just make sure that you go to the courthouse Monday or to the polls on Tuesday. Ask your neighbors if they need rides, and make sure everyone you know who is registered gets out to vote.
Remember, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain about what’s wrong and what needs fixing.
We’ll see y’all at the polls.