Well, today is here. This is the big day. The midterm general election is at hand.
Presumably, everyone who can has gone out or is planning on going out to cast their ballots.“This is a really important election year and now is the time to make your voice be heard, ” said Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
He predicts that 50 percent of all registered voters , or approximately 872,000 Kansans, will participate in the general election. “We expect this year to look much like 2010 in terms of voter turnout,” Kobach said.
The poles open at 7 this morning and close at 7 p.m. There is plenty of time to vote and a lot at stake.
But, voting is only the beginning.
Some of us will go to bed tonight with our candidates of choice being victorious. Others of us will likely be disappointed in the results.
That is the beauty of our democratic process. We get to decide our nation, state and county’s direction.
There is the possibility that the direction we wanted was not shared by the majority of the electorate. That is fine because we will have a chance in a few years to do this again.
When all is said and done, we must accept whatever the outcome of the elections might be. That, too, is part of the system and part of being a civilized nation.
There has been so much divisiveness in Washington, D.C., and in Topeka. There have been countless negative campaign ads.
Let’s not allow this negativity to contaminate us. Let us rise above the fray and show our leaders we are better than that.