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There’s no such thing as an unimportant election

October 25, 2009
Morning Journal News

The signs are everywhere telling you it's almost decision time. That special day each year when we go to our polling places and elect those who will be making the decisions which govern our lives is right around the corner.

This year's election may seem unimportant to some because it doesn't include the big offices such as president, governor, senator or congressman.

However, if you stop and think about it, the people we will be electing on Nov. 3 are the grassroots of our governing process and are more likely to affect our everyday lives than those on the state and national levels.

This year we are electing city and village council members, school board members and township trustees. These are the people who will be making sure that our streets and roads are plowed when the snow falls and patching these same roads after the spring thaw brings pot holes.

They'll determine whether our local taxes will increase or stay the same, whether we have adequate police and fire protection, or, if we have too few or too many buildings in a particular school district.

So, even if this election doesn't have all the hype and glamour and glitter of last year's election, it doesn't mean it's not as important. And, it's just as important to educate yourself before going to the polls. To help you learn more about the candidates and issues in this year's election a pre-election guide is inside today's Morning Journal. Our guide includes information on all of the local candidates and issues. Be an educated voter. Read our pre-election voter guide. Then, when you head to the polls Nov. 3, you'll not only be fulfilling your civic duty by voting, you'll be able to vote intelligently.



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