By Teresa Jenkins, Charlotte County Democrats Chair

At last, the relentless flood of text messages, phone calls, advertisements and yard signs all reminding us to vote has trickled to a halt. I don’t know about you, but every time I got one of those messages about how important my vote was, I really didn’t mind. Because my vote and your vote are important. And I am grateful to the many, many people who worked through this frenzied election season to remind our voters of that fact.

Thank you to the get-out-the-vote volunteers, the texters, phone bankers, emailers, social media posters, sign-wavers, caravan organizers, and postcard writers. You are what democracy in action looks like, and you helped ensure voters participated in this election. Thank you!

Thank you to the poll workers, watchers and greeters for showing up even during a pandemic to make sure people could vote. Your passion and commitment helped advance Democratic principles. Thank you!

Thank you to all of our local Party leaders. Long before election day, your hard work had already begun. You worked around the clock to plan and coordinate all the important Election season activities including a weekly newsletter, an informative website to help voters make the right decisions, newspaper ads, voter protection resources, a successful first-ever virtual fund raiser, slate cards, yard signs, bumper stickers, and literature drops. The list goes on and on. Thank You!

Thank you to all the vote-by mail voters, early voters and Election Day voters. Thank you for being a voter!

Thank you to our candidates who worked a safety-conscious campaign in the midst of a pandemic. Through your efforts, the Democratic Party’s message was delivered to more voters throughout our County. If you lost your election, that means you ran for election. Our democracy can’t survive without people who are willing to stick their necks out and run for office. You had the courage to do it. You built a team of people who feel the way you do and turned those feelings into action. Without challengers, there’s no choice for people to make. Without a choice, citizens often feel like there’s no point in going to the polls. If you lost, you’re in good company. Abraham Lincoln lost five races before being elected president.  Thank you for being an important part of the political process and believing that change is possible!

The road ahead must be travelled together. I know that I can count on your continued passion, unselfish caring, and devotion in the days and months ahead. And while voting is crucial to our representative democracy work, what happens after Election Day is equally important. Our work continues to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions and their decisions, and to use our voices to share our feelings about the change that we want to see. “Give light and people will find the way,” is a quote from civil rights activist, Ella Baker. What is our light? It’s what we do every day. Thank you!

Image Credits: Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
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