JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - In the primary elections in June, a pathetic 13 percent of registered voters in Mississippi cast ballots.

That turnout is abysmal and unacceptable.

In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if more Mississippians drove across our state border a couple of weeks ago to wait in line to buy a lottery ticket.

We have two U.S. Senate seats, which is very unique, Congressional seats, Judges and other local races on the ballot next Tuesday. Unlike the chances of winning the lottery, the odds are very good that you’ll be affected by the decisions of the people elected to represent us.

In other words, your vote matters.

Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi’s Secretary of State, is continuing the Vote in Honor program. That program encourages people to vote in honor of a veteran or service member. If you’re thinking you may not vote, consider the women and men who serve our country, their sacrifices to defend our freedom and that should be more than enough motivation for you to the cast your ballot next week.

Voting is an important responsibility and one of the most valuable rights we have as Americans.

Make it a priority next Tuesday… Vote.

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