They are called "super voters."
They have voted in 50 or more consecutive elections.
And on Thursday, about 100 of them were inducted into the state Voter Hall of Fame.
In an age of cynicism, we honor those who were inducted for their belief in our democratic system of government and the sanctity of their vote.
And, by the way, one vote got King Charles I of England beheaded and Thomas Jefferson elected president of the United States.
These are times when many of those elected to manage our governments tear away at our belief in this system by their counterproductive and sometimes corrupt actions.
But if we just use that as a crutch to not show up at the polls, we merely enable more of the same damage to our democracy.
We still need to vote based on our best judgment of candidates given the information available. And we have to believe enough of the right-minded people will handle themselves as elected officials in a way that creates positive momentum in our governments at all levels.
"Super voters" the elite among our electorate need to be the inspiration for a new generation of voters who, we admit, have been given lots of reasons to turn away from the polling place.
But we whether we are 18 or 88 can't give up on the faith our system thrives on.
Thank you to these voters for keeping the faith.
And to those elected, you owe it to these people to take your office seriously and perform with dignity and integrity.