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Monday, November 03, 2008

To Vote or Not to Vote


DAY TWENTY: Monday, November 3, 2008

Read Psalm 33.

"Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone." Psalm 33:22 (NLT)

Will my vote in tomorrow's election make a difference?

A Tennessee woman thinks so, because she was elected constable by voting for herself. According to an Auguts 8 AP story, 32-year-old Angela Tuttle said her father encouraged her to run as a write-in candidate because no one else was vying for one of the positions in Hancock County, which is in northeastern Tennessee.

Tuttle said her husband initially didn't even realize she was running. "I finally told him about a month before the election," she explained. Her husband didn't think she would win, but now he "just grins at her."

Hancock County election officials said 131 voters of the 674 registered in the 3rd District voted. Tuttle's vote was the only one cast in the constable race. She will be sworn in December 1.

The certified nursing assistant and mother of a 10-year-old son will help serve warrants and patrol neighborhoods in her district. She said her father, a longtime constable who won his own re-election in another district, will "show her the ropes."

Since the Psalmist says our hope is in God alone, why should we vote? We vote because God created government and elected officials are His servants. (Romans 13:1-7)

Action step for today: Prepare today to vote tomorrow.

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