Editor, The Transcript:

In spite of the lamentations of some, our democracy is alive and well. I was astounded and heartened by the unprecedented lines for early voting and the high turnout overall. All elections should generate such interest. Hopefully, this one with its historic magnitude will make people truly realize that after all the rhetoric and mega money of campaigns are done, it is we, only we, who have the power to chose our leaders.

Each of us owes a huge thank you and debt to the dedicated staff of the Cleveland County Election Board for the tremendous job they did with early voting and the election, and to the ordinary citizens who staff our polls. On a fundamental level, these are the people who make our democracy happen. Next time you go to the poll show them your gratitude, and take 'em some cookies.

ED KEARNS

Norman

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